Thurlby keeping alive memory of those lost in World War One

The story of the Persia, the boat that Fred Fairchild went down on, is told in Buckler's Hard Maritime Museum in the New Forest.
The story of the Persia, the boat that Fred Fairchild went down on, is told in Buckler's Hard Maritime Museum in the New Forest.

Churchwarden at St Firmin’s Mary Trumble co-ordinated Thurlby’s World War One research project.

As well as carrying out research herself, Mary pulled together information uncovered by Sue Hadfield, John Green, Amy Drain, Hilary Addison, Jackie Stevenson and Louise Butler.

The group researched the lives of 23 men who died from Thurlby, as well as two others with strong ties to the village but who aren’t mentioned on memorials.

As well as using information in the annual Remembrance service, the plan is to produce a booklet after 2018.

Just one man is actually buried in Thurlby churchyard: Lance-Corpl John Garwood, who died of typhoid. John Joseph Tasker is the only one whose record can’t be traced and any information would be welcomed.