First World War centenary

World War One medals

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As the remembrance campaign gets underway this year to mark the centenary of the First World War, Driffield and Beverley will remember those who set off to battle.

A four-year cultural programme to run from 2014 to 2018 has been announced to engage the whole nation in the centenary commemorations. The charity Humber and Wolds Rural Community Council who works with rural communities in the East Riding of Yorkshire, North and North East Lincolnshire is helping residents, local community groups and Parish and Town Councils, learn more about the impact of the First World War on their community and how, at this landmark, they can produce a lasting tribute that future generations will also learn from.

Through a LEADER funded programme, HWRCC has already supported two East Riding villages, Leven and North Frodingham, in undertaking local research. Examples of the outcomes of this work include compilation of village maps connecting the village and its inhabitants during 1914-18 to the present day, finding out what was happening in the local news whilst the fighting took place in Europe, and capturing one man’s extraordinary wartime story.

Anyone who wants to find out more about the names engraved on their village war memorial, the experiences of the families, or the impact of the war on their community but don’t know where to start, HWRCC can help build upon the history of their village during this significant historic anniversary.

For more information, please contact the charity on 01430 430904 or email

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