First World War book launch for Essex village

13:01 14 March 2014

Michael Southgate and a copy of his book, Radwinter’s First World War.

Michael Southgate and a copy of his book, Radwinter’s First World War.

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The part played by Radwinter in the First World War has been published in a new book.

Radwinter surnames recorded in the book

Acker, Adams, Andrews, Archer, Bacon, Baily, Ballard, Barker, Baynes, Brigley, Bullock, Butcher, Butterworth, Carter, Chapman, Clarke, Colley, Colman, Coote, Cornell, Cowell, Crickmore, Cuffley, Edwards, Ellingham, Farrant, Freeman, French, Gibson, Gowlett, Graves, Gypps, Halls, Harris, Hatton, Hoare, Housden, Ingle, Jarrard, Jarvis, Ketteridge, Livermore, Mascall, Medcalf, Mizen, Monk, Moore, Mortimer, Newell, Newling, Nicholson, Palmer, Porter, Potts, Powley, Price Powell, Richardson, Ridgwell, Robbins, Rule, Ruse, Scase, Sharpe, Sheard, Shearman, Swan, Thake, Thomas, Turpin, Underwood, Valient, Vernon, Webb, Wigley, Wilkie, Winship, Wright, Wyers and Youel.

Radwinter’s First World War, by author and local history recorder Michael Southgate, records the war, both from the home front as well as the activities of the 104 Radwinter men who served their country. Twenty-eight of them – almost a third – gave their lives.

The book, put together by Mr Southgate on behalf of the Radwinter Society, includes 18 black and white and seven colour photographs of people and artefacts from the time and indexes 346 Radwinter people, involving 90 distinct surnames and many others from neighbouring parishes.

It reproduces letters home from the serving men, extracts from private family archives and reports in the Radwinter Parish Magazine of those awarded medals, wounded, made prisoner of war or home on leave. Fundraising, food provision and support activities for the boys at the front are also detailed, as are the Zeppelin raids over Radwinter.

Mr Southgate, who was compiling records for the village’s involvement in the Second World War before turning his attention to the Great War, said: “There are so many stories, letters home and memories and it has been a fascinating project.

“Uttlesford Recorders asked me to write 500 words about Radwinter and the First World War for a piece they are working on. The more I then got into it, the more I thought I can let this information go.

“In the grand scheme of things it is only Radwinter, a small village, but actually it is important to record these stories and facts – if we don’t then that history is is gone forever.”

Radwinter’s First World War will be launched on Thursday (March 20) at Radwinter Village Hall.

A presentation of the village’s involvement in the Great War and the launch of the book will follow a brief AGM of the Radwinter Society, from 7.30pm. All are welcome to attend.

The book will be available for purchase, priced £8, from Radwinter Post Office, Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre, Harts Books on Shire Hill, Saffron Walden, Trade-In-Post in Central Arcade, or by post (plus £2 postage and packing) from: The Radwinter Society, The Cottage, Radwinter Manor, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10 2SP or e-mail: radwinter.recorder@hotmail.com.

Please make cheques payable to The Radwinter Society.

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  • I've just purchased this from the Trade-In-Post stamp and medal shop, its a very good read and gives an interesting insight to some of my family s past.

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