New book dedicated to village war heroes

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A book commemorating Great Linford’s war heroes is being compiled to mark the centenenary of the First World War.

Residents are researching the lives of the soldiers whose names are emblazoned on the war memorial at St Andrew’s Church to discover more information about the 11 men and their service record.

The idea was the brainchild of local resident and church member David Kent, whose father was wounded in combat during the Great War.

The men commemorated on the war memorial are: Captain Ronald M. Purvis, Sergeant William Hobbs, Private (Pt) Ernest Brightman, Pt Glencoe Fincham, Pt Walter R H Flute, Pt Walter C Riddy, Pt Christopher L Sapwell, Pt Joseph Spriggs, Pt Walter Chamberlain and Pt Harry Seamarks and his brother Lance Corporal Frederick T Seamarks.

Said David: “It is our intention to compile a small booklet with information on the 11 who did not return, illustrating their human story.

“We have discovered that these young men fought in Flanders, France, Salonika, Mesopotamia, and Egypt.

“We would welcome any additional information on the village or the named men that any MK Citizens readers have.”

If you are knew or are connected to any of the men or have any photographs of Great Linford taken during the First World War, then get in touch with David Kent and his team of researchers. Call 01908 316677.