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‘Harborough Boys’ project needs help

The war memorial cross is officially dedicated on The Square in Market Harborough in September 1921

The war memorial cross is officially dedicated on The Square in Market Harborough in September 1921

 

A history group is hoping to publish a book by a town man who died before he could see his work on the shelves – but need your help to do it.

Teacher and historian Barry Summers interviewed many First World War veterans from Harborough and the surrounding villages in the 1990s with the intention of publishing a book called The Harborough Boys.

However, he died in 2000 leaving the work unfinished before this could be achieved.

Through many hours of research and after being able to obtain his original manuscripts, the Market Harborough Heritage Group hopes to see the book completed and published in time to coincide with the centenary of the beginning of The Great War.

But to complete the project, the group needs more photographs of soldiers from the town and wider district during the First World War era and they are appealing for help.

Dave Allen is a member of the heritage group.
He said: “Barry Summers spent hours and hours extensively researching The Great War and interviewing people who were part of it.

“We are now appealing for people to help us out if they have any photos from World War One so that we can complete the book.

“Anyone who has pictures and would be willing to loan them to us can call me on 07812 575 171 or email me at dave.allen1@ntlworld.com.”

He added: “For a small town, a huge amount of men from Harborough signed up and went off to fight in the war, and I think the book will highlight this.”

The group has decided to get the book published because it felt the time was right to pay tribute to Mr Summers and his efforts.

 

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