Fallen soldiers form basis of Mansfield exhibition

Organisers of the WW1 exhibition at the Old Meeting House Unitarian Chapel are from left, Kath Faulkner, the Rev. Patrick Timperley, Peter Faulkner, Neil Fisher and Derek Smith.
Organisers of the WW1 exhibition at the Old Meeting House Unitarian Chapel are from left, Kath Faulkner, the Rev. Patrick Timperley, Peter Faulkner, Neil Fisher and Derek Smith.
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The lives of Mansfield soldiers who fell during The Great War have been brought back in to focus to mark a century since the conflict began.

An exhibition at the Old Meeting House Chapel was put on display over the weekend, the culmination of a project to obtain information about the 22 names of the men who are listed on the building’s war memorial who died in battle between 1914 and 1918.

Over the weekend the chapel, situated just off Walkden Street, was open for people to peruse artefacts and displays, watch a DVD presentation, as well as talk to local historians who have been busy delving into the lives of those soldiers.

Information was also supplied by Nottinghamshire County Council and the City of Nottingham Council’s ‘Trent to Trenches’ researchers.

It formed part of the National Heritage Open Day which saw events held across the country.

Patrick Timperley, minister at the Old Meeting House Chapel said it was a successful weekend.

He said: “The Heritage Open Days at the Old Meeting House attracted over 125 people to the building and exhibition, in addition to chapel members who were involved in meeting, greeting and guiding.

The exhibition was opened by Ralph Lloyd Jones, local studies librarian based at Mansfield Library, who commended the quality of the 
displays and video presentation.”

There are now plans in place to re-launch the exhibition and screen the DVD at Mansfield Museum on Leeming Street through December and January.