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Winchester students launch project to remember WW1 soldiers
WINCHESTER students have launched a project to remember heroes of the First World War.
To mark the 100th anniversary next year, Winchester University is researching the 459 local men who were killed.
Organisers plan to produce a book with the information found, including archive articles from the Hampshire Chronicle.
So far 20 students at Peter Symonds College have volunteered to help with research and former college English teacher Sandra Showell, now a Winchester Cathedral guide, will coordinate the project in conjunction with Winchester Records Office.
Meanwhile Hampshire County Council has launched ‘Hampshire Commemorates’, a new grant scheme to support local community plans to mark both World War One and the 70th D-Day anniversaries next year.
Funding of between £200 and £2,000 is available for community projects with more information available at hants.gov.uk/grants/ccbs-grants.htm.
Cllr Keith Chapman, executive member for culture, recreation and countryside, said: “This programme of commemorations will mark what are likely to be the last major anniversaries of their kind and is hugely important on a local and national level.
“Hampshire and its communities played a unique and internationally significant role during both the First World War and D-Day and we have set aside £100,000 to support this programme, including £50,000 of grant funding, which will also complement the national programme backed by Government.”
Poppies will be planted at several Hampshire parks, including Manor Farm in Bursledon, while a special D-Day event takes place at Lepe Country Park featuring a parade, re-enactments and a memorial service.
The council is also working with the National Museum of the Royal Navy to mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign in 2015 by restoring HMS Monitor M33, which served there.
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