Film will remembers Washington World War One soldiers

A scene from Washington Men in the Great War
A scene from Washington Men in the Great War
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A FILM paying tribute to Washington’s First World War soldiers will be premiered later this year.

To mark the centenary of the conflict, Wessington U3A War Memorials Group was give nthe funds to film Washington Men in the Great War: “Wad thou gan? Aye aa wad.”

The Heritage Lottery-funded (HLF) film will identify the 378 men and one woman who fought and fell during the war and are remembered on the memorials in Harraton, Washington and Usworth.

The film closely follows the lives of the Washington men who served during the war, showing the conditions they endured and the effects the conflict had on their community.

Peter Welsh, co-ordinator of the Wessington U3A War Memorials Group, said: “We are obviously thrilled the HLF has decided to support our project.

“We believe our film will be an appropriate tribute to those who fell, will bring many more people to what we are doing and may generate more of the invaluable family contacts, both locally and internationally, on which we depend for the kind of stories and details that are only known within families.

“Local groups of all ages will be enabled to have a better or slightly different understanding of what their grandfathers and great grandfathers did and endured.”

Limited tickets are available for the first showing of the film at North Biddick Social Club, in Fatfield, on Tuesday, November 11. Call 417 6286 or email petewelshgettysburg@btinternet.com.