The Wight at War to focus on Island's wartime history

By Ross Findon

Monday, April 28, 2014

 

The Wight at War to focus on Island's wartime history

The Wight at War conference has been organised by the Isle of Wight Family History Society.

HISTORY organisations from across the Island will be represented at a conference focusing on the First World War and its impact on Islanders.

The Wight at War 1914-19, has been organised by the Isle of Wight Family History Society (IWFHS) and will feature three speakers and displays from a host of organisations, including the Isle of Wight County Press.

"This is more ambitious than our normal conference, but we felt that with the centenary of the start of the Great War this year we wanted to do something bigger," said IWFHS chairman Geoff Allan.

Isle of Wight Council heritage services manager Richard Smout will speak about the impact of the First World War on Islanders at home, while historian and County Press writer John Medland will speak about the military contribution of Islanders.

There will also be a talk from Harry Willis Fleming about the experiences of his forebear Richard Willis Fleming and the creation of memorials at Havestreet and North Stoneham.

The IWFHS has collated the stories of around 40 Islanders who served during the war, but Mr Allan said they were keen to find stories about life back on the Island during the conflict.

The event, which will be held at Northwood House on Saturday, May 3, is open to the public from 10.30am to 5pm.

Tickets are available from — The Treasurer, IWFHS, Wight Haven , Weston Lane, Totland, Isle of Wight PO39 0HE.

Entry is £8 for members (including the exhibition and three talks), £10 for non-members and £2 for entry to the exhibition only.

Cheques should be made payable to IWFHS and a stamped address envelope should be included.

Reporter: ross.findon@iwcp.co.uk

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