Bringing Them Home was Wymeswold’s WW1 Project, led by The Wolds Historical Organisation. We were very grateful to The Heritage Lottery Fund which awarded us an £8,000 grant as part of its ‘First World War: then and now’ programme. We could not have done this without their help.
Central to the project are this website and the book – ‘Bringing Them Home: The Story of the Lost Sons of Wymeswold’ by Ivor Perry.
Why do it?
Every year the village, like thousands of communities, honours its war dead. Yet after 100 years, are we in danger of just paying lip service to a list of men we know nothing about? These men were sons, brothers, fathers. Every one of them touched the life of this community. Before it was too late, we wanted to show them as they were – the Sons of Wymeswold.
The dead have their memorials. All over the world, the white Commonwealth headstones are instantly recognisable. Dignified and cared for, they are an uplifting tribute to the thousands of men and women who gave their lives in the service of their country. Yet for every headstone in France, or Belgium, or Egypt, there was a broken heart at home. And those women and children have no memorial to their suffering. Perhaps this project, by remembering the families as well as the soldiers, can redress that.