Port Towns and Urban Cultures’ Dr Brad Beaven (also a co-investigator for Gateways to the First World War) is on the advisory panel for a Heritage Lottery Funded bid obtained by the partnership of Portsea Parish and Fratton Big Local. The project will focus on the men listed on the war memorials in St Wilfrid’s Church, George Street, Buckland.
993 men are named on the memorials, most of them from just 21 streets in Buckland; of which 20 survive between St Mary’s Road and New Road. 135 of the men gave their lives during the war, or in one case, immediately after.
The mark the centenary of the First World War, the project will enable local people to come together to research and preserve the memories of these men who served in the First World War. History students from the University of Portsmouth’s History Department will also be participating in the project.
Keith Roberts, who will lead the project said:
“I am really excited by the prospect of documenting the lives of these men and getting the local community involved in realising the sheer impact that the First World War had on a small neighbourhood.”
The project will commence with two drop-in sessions at St Wilfrid’s Church for volunteers and other interested parties to discover more about the project
For further information, images and interviews, please contact Keith Roberts, project Leader 20 streets in Portsmouth firstname.lastname@example.org