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Village which lost 19 men in war wins memorial bid

The newly cleaned Medbourne War Memorial. (MAIL PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

The newly cleaned Medbourne War Memorial. (MAIL PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

 

A village in the district which lost 19 men during the First World War has secured a £4,000 Lottery grant to refurbish its war memorial.

The memorial, which is located at the junction of Main Street and Hallaton Road in Medbourne, is being cleaned and re-lettered as part of the project.

Keith Sanders, the village war memorial warden, said he is delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded the village with the grant.

He said: “I’m delighted that the grant will help us clean and re-letter the memorial.

“It’s even more poignant because it is coming up to 100 years since the start of the First World War, and we are happy we will get to commemorate that with this work.

“I know that there are a lot of much larger and bigger events going on around the country, but this will be particularly important to the people in our village because of the amount of men we lost during the war.

“Nineteen men lost their lives and when you think that the population of Medbourne would’ve probably only been around 500, then that’s a huge loss.”

Two men from the village also lost their lives iduring the Second World War.

Mr Sanders said he attended a seminar held by the Heritage Lottery Fund in Wellingborough last year and after hearing what it could help with, he thought it would be a great idea for the village to apply.

He approached the parish council and they applied for the grant together.

The Lottery cash will cover all the work and the parish council has added a nominal grant to aid the funding.

Three heritage projects will also be held in the coming months as part of the scheme.

On Sunday, August 3, a rededication ceremony will take place at the memorial, where a special service will be held to unveil the refurbished monument and to commemorate the lives lost in the wars.

This will be followed by an exhibition, which will detail the lives of the men that died in the First World War.

Army records, pictures of the men and details about their family history will be put on display.

More details about the two events will be announced nearer the time.

As well as these projects, a talk will be held at Bringhurst Primary School about the village and the war.

 

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