War heroes’ homes to be fitted with bronze poppies

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WASHINGTON’S war dead are to be honoured in a new project launched tomorrow.

Historians have created hand-size bronze resin poppies to place on the houses of those who fought in the First World War.

More than 400 men and one woman were killed in the conflict.

About 60 properties in Washington where the victims lived or worked are still standing, and letters have been sent to their current owners asking for permission to fix poppies to them.

The town’s Wessington U3A War Memorials Group’s has launched the initiative to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the war in 1914.

Each of those being honoured is named on one of Washington’s three war memorials – Harraton and Fatfield, Washington Village and Holy Trinty Church at High Usworth.

Group member Peter Welsh, 66, a retired teacher, of Wormhill Terrace, Fatfield, said: “Each poppy represents the fact that one of our local heroes lived in that house, or perhaps worked in that building.

“In some cases, it may be the houses in which the soldier’s widow was living at the end of the war. Really, it depends on the documentary evidence.”

Research continues, and definitive addresses for all have yet to be established, but among the houses identified are many in South View, Fatfield.

Throughout 2014, poppies will also appear on properties in Dorcas Terrace, Harraton Terrace, Wormhill Terrace, Emmerson Terrace, Nelson Street, Derwent Terrace, and Holyoake Terrace.

Others addresses include Spout Lane, Musgrave Terrace, Biddick Terrace and Westfield Crescent.

Members of the public are invited to attend the project’s launch at 4 South View, Fatfield, at 10.30am tomorrow.