A new book which uncovers the truth behind the names on Huthwaite War Memorial has been published.
‘Huthwaite War Memorial: the men behind the names of World War One’ was painstakingly researched by Paul Bradshaw and launched at Huthwaite library last week.
Mr Bradshaw (63) has also written and published books on early coal mining and the presence of Quakers in Huthwaite, as well as the town’s historical links to Sherwood Forest.
His research drew upon the Commonwealth War Commission and the National War Records at Kew, as well as back issues of the Mansfield Chronicle and Advertiser, and the Nottinghamshire Free Press. He said: “You really get to know the men you’re writing about. But in the end you have to make it a job of work.”
The 116 page book provides information about all but two of the 78 names on the memorial, and either features pictures of the deceased from the local press or photographs of their graves. He said: “Some of the men died in no-man’s-land and they just weren’t found. Whole areas were turned into seas of mud where those men were lost.”
Mr Bradshaw visited all of the existing graves in France and Belgium himself, and arranged for pictures to be taken of graves in Jerusalem and Alexandria, uncovering many poignant stories along the way.