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Mansfield Library’s exhibition to mark The Great War

Mansfield Library hosting exhibition of World War 1 artifacts, pictured are from left Lewis Kerry, Library curator Ralph Lloyd Jones and chair of cultural comitee for Notts County Council John Knight

Mansfield Library hosting exhibition of World War 1 artifacts, pictured are from left Lewis Kerry, Library curator Ralph Lloyd Jones and chair of cultural comitee for Notts County Council John Knight

Mansfield Library marking the 100-year anniversary of the start of the First World War with a special exhibition.

The library on Westgate has put on ‘Mansfield in The Great War’, which will run throughout August, which includes a series of photographs and relics from the conflict.

There are snaps from Mansfield and Clipstone Camp from 1914 to 1918 on display in the Gallery area, along with illustrations from the Clipstone Camp magazine Pow-Wow, plus images of the town during the war.

The glass cabinets are also full of remarkable artefacts, medals and memorabilia that belonged to Mansfield soldiers who served in the trenches.

These include a soldier’s prayer books, and the trench maps of tunnelling officer, Charles Woodward, later manager of Clipstone Colliery.

The items have been borrowed from local residents, including Mansfield’s Lewis Kerry, who has loaned the library a memorial plaque, campaign medals and the binoculars of his uncle Lance Cpl James William Creamer, who was killed in the conflict.

Living on Sutton Road, Mansfield, he joined the Sherwood Foresters in 1915, and was killed on 17th October 1918, aged 24, less than a month before the war ended.

He was buried at Fresnoy-le-grand, France.

The details to his exact cause of death have ever been unearthed, although the binoculars on display shows marks that suggest a bullet had passed through them.

Mr Kerry said: “Nobody knows how he died and I’m not sure we’ll be able to get any more information about it now.

“I have always had these medals, my aunty gave them to me before she passed away, and because of them I’ve taken an interest.”

Organised by Nottinghamshire County Council, Coun John Knight, committee chairman for culture, said: “Every family in the country was affected by the First World War, and this is why The Great War commemorations are so important. We greatly value the contribution that Mr Kerry and other local people have made to share their family’s personal stories of courage and bravery during the war years.”

The exhibitions will be open during library hours.

 

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