In November next year, Unstone village will be commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War. I have been asked to produce an exhibition in St Mary’s Church and a book of the exhibition as I did for the centenary of the laying of the foundation stone at the church. It is anticipated that the church will be decorated in a patriotic theme with hand-made poppies, one for each of the 41 soldiers lost in both World Wars. Thirty-one men are named on Unstone War Memorial, yet there are a further ten soldiers with Unstone connections not named locally. The book will tell the stories of all those lost including a soldier who served his country and a year after the war, was killed in a pit accident. There will be a wartime themed tea available, organ recitals of music from the war era and a short video about the war showing at times throughout the day.
If you have a story about a relative from Unstone who fought in either of the World Wars, I would love to hear from you.