Carleton Rode First World War Archive

discover the stories of a village who went to war

Inspiring Souls

Inspiring Souls

The First World War was a global war originating in Europe that started on the 28th July 1914 with Great Britain entering the conflict on the 4th August. It finished over four years later on the 11th November 1918.

Working together with the local Girl Guides/Rangers group, Carleton Rode VA Primary School, the local History Group and other individuals, the All Saints Church Carleton Rode Parochial Church Council are studying the lives of the 110 soldiers from Carleton Rode who served in the First World War (21 who died). The Church is the focal point for commemoration. The intention is to remember those men who died and also to pay tribute to those who survived, examining the impact the war had on their families and the village community. This will include compiling their biographies; where they lived, an indication of their jobs and information about other family members.

The Girl Guides/Rangers are developing an interactive walking trail around the village. With the help of the local History Group, they will research the names of the soldiers who died via the parish and local county records and ancestry websites, incorporating QR codes which link to pages on this website. In addition, Carleton Rode VA Primary School children are researching the diary the school has of everyday life during the war.

It is hoped that this non-profit making, educational website will enable people tracing their ancestry to view relevant material and support them to make connections to their own families. It will also help children to understand the ultimate sacrifice these men made for their country.

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