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Exhibition at Cotgrave Library as a ‘thank you’ to war heroes


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The exhibition at Cotgrave Library runs until September 15th. 

As part of the Royal British Legion ‘Thank You’ campaign which thanks all those involved in the First World War, Cotgrave Town Council, The Cotgrave Library, The Cotgrave U3A and the Colston Bassett, Owthorpe and Cotgrave branch (CBOC) of the RBL joined together to provide an exhibition in Cotgrave Library from 10th to 15th September.

John Ludlam, the CBOC Chairman started the exhibition off on Monday afternoon with a talk on ‘Cotgrave and World War 1’ to the U3A History Group. He described Cotgrave as it was in 1914 and ran through the history of the war year by year.

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He provided stories which brought to life the 14 names of those from Cotgrave who had perished during that period and described how they were remembered in Cotgrave today. They were John Carrington, Arthur Harrison, John Hayes, Sydney Henson, Walter Henstock, Joseph Hind, Samuel Lacy, Herbert Marshall, Arthur Simpson, Francis Wooley and Ernest Reeve.

The Exhibition provided greater information about the 14 including many photographs and a great deal of memorabilia, for example the Christmas Box given by Princess Mary to Arthur Simpson in 1914. Much of this detail can be also seen on the CBOC Great War Project web site (www.cbocgwp.co.uk) which represents many hour of research put in over 4 years by Elaine Stevens and other members.

Nigel Pick from CBOC in liaison with Michelle Mark of the library provided a vast range of literature about the conditions in France, Belgium and Italy in places and at the time the 14 had died. The U3A Art Group exhibited many outstanding pictures, based on WW1, which they had prepared over the last few months. The exhibition was the first use of the CBOC Silent Soldiers and knitted poppies which will be increasing in number and locations as 11 November approaches.

There was never a quiet moment in the library and great interest was shown by old and young alike. A book of Remembrance was there for those who wished to make a comment. The next event in the ‘Thank You’ campaign will be a concert in All Saints Church, Cotgrave, on the evening of 3 November when the 4000+ knitted poppies will be displayed. Tickets are £10 and available from johnludlam@aol.com.

The organising committee is most grateful to everyone involved in making the Exhibition a success. They would like to ask anyone who has more information about the 14 men who perished share it with CBOC at johnludlam@aol.com.

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