Historians who are commemorating Elmton-with-Creswell’s role in the First World War with the publication of a new book are appealing for information about four mystery soldiers.
Joint secretaries Pam Finch and Enid Hibbert, of the Elmton-with-Creswell Local History Group, have been compiling the book which includes the village’s fallen heroes who lost their lives during the Great War from 1914 to 1918.
Pam said: “There are 94 men on our village war memorial and we’ve managed to get background on all of them apart from four names which have left us stumped. We can’t find any ties to the area but we understand a lot of men who went to war worked at Creswell Colliery or on the railway and they may have come from elsewhere and lodged in Creswell.”
The soldiers were Pte J.H. Deakin, Sgt H. Long, Pte R. Morris and Pte A.E Bell and despite thorough research including contact with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, ancestry groups and newspapers no information can be found.
Research has however uncovered details of seven soldiers whose names have not been included on the village war memorial and they will be campaigning to get their details engraved.
The history group is compiling the book as part of this year’s anniversary to mark the beginning of the First World War and they are also working on another publication about life in their village during the war years as well as a third book on the area’s Second World War heroes. Anyone with information is urged to call Pam on 01909 721695.