Our tribute to war’s heroes in Steeton and Eastburn

Janet Smithies and Gillian Wilson at the war memorial in Steeton

Janet Smithies and Gillian Wilson at the war memorial in Steeton

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A fascinating insight into two villages during the First World War will be shared as part of an exhibition this summer.

Gillian Wilson, a member of St Stephen’s Church in Steeton, led research into the soldiers of Steeton and Eastburn, which she said was “a labour of love.” The retired teacher said: “I have always been fascinated by the subject. Each year on Remembrance Sunday we read out all the names on the war memorial, and I think about those men and what they went through. Two years ago we visited some of the war graves in France, and I took a pebble from Steeton to lay there in tribute.” Mrs Wilson trawled through censuses for details about the families and gleaned information from the website Craven’s Part In The Great War. The exhibition, from July 18 to 20 at St Stephen’s Church, will include displays of photos, memorabilia and information.

Contact Mrs Wilson on (01535) 653523 or at gilwil33@yahoo.co.uk, or the Rev Jenny Savage at revdjenny@ aol.com, with any offers of information or help.

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