Ed’s ancestral research project goes into print

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ED FORDHAM, who led the campaign to save Spalding Railway Station when it was threatened with destruction over 20 years ago, has been involved in a more personal historical project.

Ed, who lists family history as a major hobby, having learned research tips at South Holland Family History Group, has now gone into print with Gallant and Patriotic Sons.

The book is a personal account of some of his ancestors from Suffolk who were caught up in World War One and shows their lives before, during and after those turbulent times.

Ed says: “When I started the research, understanding the local communities in Suffolk was made much easier for having grown up in agricultural south Lincolnshire.

“As I researched these young lads leaving their farms and going to war I was able to draw on my own experience of living on Quadring Fen and more recently in Spalding to understand the impact it had on their families and home lives.”

Ed was still a student at Spalding Grammar School when he became involved in the successful campaign to save the railway station and get it listed.

He went on to Nottingham University to read ancient history.

His first attempt at being published was in 1991 when Ed wrote a history of St Norbert’s Catholic Church in St Thomas’s Road.

He subsequently became involved in politics, standing as Liberal Democrat candidate against Glenda Jackson in Hampstead and Kilburn in May 2010. He lost by 841 votes after three recounts in what he calls “the closest three-way contest in the country”.

l Copies of the book can be ordered for £7 (including p&p) by sending a cheque made out to Libretto Marketing Ltd to Russell Eagling, 7 Douglas Court, Quex Road, London NW6 4PT.