Untold stories of Desborough’s Somme men at exhibition

On Saturday, July 2, Desborough Heritage Centre launched a display about men from Desborough who took part in the Battle of the Somme

On Saturday, July 2, Desborough Heritage Centre launched a display about men from Desborough who took part in the Battle of the Somme

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An exhibition about the men of Desborough who fought in the Battle of the Somme has been unveiled at Desborough Heritage Centre.

The display – called Desborough 1914-1918: Men at War, Families at Home – was revealed on Saturday, July 2.

A short presentation was given at the unveiling by Bob Freeman, who has led a five-person team working on finding out about the lives of Desborough men who fought in the Great War, as well as revealing more about what life was like for people at home in Desborough at the time.

The exhibition has details about the 18 Desborough men who died at the Somme between July and November 1916.

It also has descriptions of events taking place in the town at the time – which then had a population of fewer than 4,000 people – employment, badge appeals for quarrymen and shoe-workers who were exempt from conscription, censorship, food rationing and black-out precautions.

The Heritage Centre also hosted a coffee morning during the unveiling event.

Desborough Heritage Centre is in Station Road and is open from 10am-12.30pm and 2-4pm on Monday to Thursday, 9am to midday and 2-4pm on Fridays and 9amto 12.30pm on Saturdays.

Admission is free.

For more information about the exhibition, contact 01536 765734.