Cash boost for World War One project at Scarborough cemetery

Jan Cleary and Pam Walgate, from the Friends of Dean Road and Manor Road Cemetery, have a closer look at the war graves. Picture Richard Ponter 140207a
Jan Cleary and Pam Walgate, from the Friends of Dean Road and Manor Road Cemetery, have a closer look at the war graves. Picture Richard Ponter 140207a
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The Friends of Dean Road and Manor Road Cemetery have been given a £10,000 boost to delve into the lives of Scarborough’s World War One heroes.

The project will focus on finding out more about the people remembered in the cemetery who fought in the war and those civilians who were killed in the Bombardment of Scarborough in 1914.

The funding has been awarded through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s First World War: then and now programme.

Jan Cleary, chairman of the Friends group, said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and look forward to sharing the stories uncovered by the research.”

To mark the centenary of the conflict, the project will enable local people to get involved in researching the lives of those in the cemetery who were killed in the war, as well as those who served and returned home to Scarborough. They will collect photographs, newspaper clippings, documents and photos of keepsakes, as well as family tales passed down to help them build a clear picture of the lives of people and their families.

The information gathered will be displayed at Scarborough Art Gallery and included on information panels in the cemetery and on the Friends website.

An education pack aimed at secondary schools in the area will also be developed, using the stories of individual Scarborough people.

The head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Yorkshire, Fiona Spiers, said: “With our new small grants programme, we are enabling even more communities like those involved in ‘World War I in Dean Road and Manor Road Cemetery’ to explore the continuing legacy of this conflict and help local young people to broaden their understanding of how it has shaped our modern world.”

The Friends group is keen to recruit new volunteer researchers and a workshop will be provided to guide people on the most effective ways to do military and family research. Anyone interested should make contact through www.scarboroughcemeteries.co.uk.