Help the Mercury mark WW1

Bridgwater Mercury: MERCURY reader David Preece has kindly brought in some old family photographs from the era, which he had passed down to him from his father. This one, take in Christmas 1917, shows Mr Preece's great uncle Bert on the right with a friend. MERCURY reader David Preece has kindly brought in some old family photographs from the era, which he had passed down to him from his father. This one, take in Christmas 1917, shows Mr Preece's great uncle Bert on the right with a friend.

MILLIONS of people will be marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War this summer.

The Mercury is inviting readers to share their stories, memories and photographs from the era for a special piece in the paper to commemorate the anniversary.

People all across Somerset can also get involved in the lottery-funded Somerset Remembers project, which has launched an Online Community Archive where people can share photographs, letters and stories which have been passed down through the generations.

It is hoped the project will create a major historical resource for future generations.

Cllr David Hall, Somerset County Council's cabinet member for Heritage, said: “The online archive is exciting because it gives everyone a chance to engage in their own history.

“Beyond the national commemoration of toil and sacrifice, many will recall the personal stories which have been passed down by those who took part in the conflict. Those people are no longer able to share their stories so it is more important than ever that you share yours.”

Did you have pictures, letters, diaries, or war records from a family member who was involved?

Did a relative serve with the Somerset Light Infan-try?

Is there a Red Cross nurse in the family?

Or have you been researching your village to mark the centenary?

You can contribute to the project at www.somerset remembers.com.

The Somerset Remembers project is being led by Somerset Heritage Service and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

o TO get your First World War photographs and stories in the paper, email newsdesk@bridgwatermercury.co.uk with the subject ‘World War Anniversary’, call 01278-727962, or drop by the office at 28 Angel Crescent, Bridgwater, TA6 3EW.

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