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Morton WW1 Commemoration Exhibition

On the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of August an exhibition was held in Morton Village Hall which was planned to coincide with Britain’s entry into the first world war, 100 years ago.

The exhibition focussed upon the families of Morton, Hanthorpe, Haconby, Stainfield, Dunsby, Rippingale and Kirkby Underwood who were caught up in what was supposedly “the War to End all Wars”. Between these small villages 50 men paid the ultimate sacrifice and did not return to their families. A major part of the exhibition was the telling of the stories of these men and their families, through official documents, family heirlooms, and memorabilia donated by local families.

Amongst the displays were medals belonging to local men, guns, ammunitions, trench art, a Lincolnshire Yeomanry display and of course the 50 individual books especially compiled to remember the loss to the villages of their brave men.

One of the most popular items was a lookup service where people could see if any information was available on-line for their own ancestors and families.

The exhibition had a constant flow of visitors over the two days and from being greeted at the sandbag wall with WW! songs, to leaving after a cup of tea from the “YMCA field kitchen” most people were overwhelmed with the variety of displays and information that had been collated.

The organisers would like to thank all people that donated material and volunteered to help and make the weekend a success.
We would hope that this will be the start of many other events locally to mark the milestones of the war over the next 4 years.

Any further information with regards to local families affected by the war would be greatly appreciated, in order to build a wider archive of material relating to the villages for future use

if you wish to donate any further information or to find out more about our brave men please follow the links on the left hand side.

Below are some photos from the weekend.