Village’s war dead will be remembered in new exhibition

Hallaton Museum
Hallaton Museum

A project which aims to honour and remember the First World War dead of a Harborough-area village has been awarded £6,200 by the Heritage Lottery Fund toward the cost of an exhibition later this year.

The exhibition in Hallaton’s Tin Tab Museum is being organised by the Great War Project Group and will display the fascinating and different stories of some of the village’s men and women in very varied theatres of war.

Stories which have been uncovered while the Group has been researching and writing the biographies of the 211 connected to the village who fought in that conflict include a Hallaton man’s charge with the cavalry against machine guns, stories from the scorching desert of Mesopotamia, the bitter cold of Russia in the war against the Bolsheviks, Hallaton’s submariner and the extraordinary tale of HM Submarine E24, Hallaton nurses on the Western and Home Fronts, Hallaton men at the Somme, Cambrai and Épehy and Hallaton’s prisoners of war.

Denis Kenyon, one of the organisers, said: “We were astounded by the stories we unearthed and felt strongly they needed to be share so are delighted that this grant has enabled us to do this.

The exhibition will open Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays between April 30 and October 2 from 2.30-5pm.

Jonathan Platt, head of Heritage Lottery Fund East Midlands, said: “As we mark the centenary of the First World War, it’s important that we reflect on the impact of the conflict and how villages such as Hallaton coped.”