Christine: My main reason for joining the project was to find out more about the effect the war had on the lives of people in the village, especially as some of my relatives were living in the village at that time.
Philippa: I thought it would be interesting to find out more about Radcliffe where I have lived for 33 years and where my children have very strong roots.
Stan: Ever since I saw the original version of “All Quiet on the Western Front” many years ago, I have always had a wish to know more about the causes and the after effects of this terrible war. Even after so many years of reading about and hearing of events during the war it still angers and upsets me at the apparent futility of it all.
Philip: I used to question my maternal grandfather, who fought on the Western Front, about his experiences. He would start to reply but before long would say “you wouldn’t understand” and that is as much as I could get out of him. I therefore wanted to find out more of what he had experienced and so joined the group.
Diane: My interest in WWI goes back many years. I have a piece of Trench Art – a chunk of Ypres cathedral bell mounted on a plinth with a plaque – which was made by my husband’s grandfather Charles Kidger, born in 1877. He served in the Royal Field Artillery with the Lahore Division on the Western Front. Having the fragment of the bell in my home helps me feel connected to the First World War.
Jim: I had some military experience in the CCF at school and serving four years in the local Territorial Army, my interest was sparked in the camaraderie this experience produced. Two battlefield explorations to France and Belgium pointed this interest towards WW1 so when the opportunity arose to help with the Radcliffe WW1 project, I joined to find a similar attention and drive from the other members of the group.
John P: I’ve always been interested in social history and became inspired by the bravery, courage, good humour and discipline shown by the troops in the face of the appalling losses in the trenches in WWI. So I jumped at the chance to join the U3A Group.
Jill: With all the information that has come to light, I can now understand the impact the war had upon the local families and the village. The names of the men on the war memorial have become “real” as I have learnt about them and their families.
Mary: My motivation was curiosity about local history, having so recently moved to Radcliffe on Trent.
Barbara: My grandfather lived in Nottingham and fought with the Sherwood Foresters. I’ve always been interested in history and the U3A project was a good way to find out about Sherwood Foresters from our village.
John T: Born and bred in Radcliffe on Trent, I was able to trace my family back to at least my great-great-grandfather. I found out about my grandfather, George Toon, who was injured in France in 1917.
Lyn: The project spurred me on to find out about my grandfather, who was from Nottingham; he fought in World War 1.