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Ringwould History Society wil hold a display of the village's war past at Ringwould Village Hall, Dover Road.

By Beth Robson

Artefacts, pictures and living memories of Ringwould during the First World War and beyond will go on display next weekend to co-incide the the centenary of the First World War.

Ringwould History Society is holding the exhibition at the Village Hall on Dover Road from 10am on Saturday, August 2, and will be collecting for the Royal British Legion, the charity that helps servicemen and women and their families.

Ringwould History Society preparing for their display on Heroes of the First World War.
Ringwould History Society preparing for their display on Heroes of the First World War.

Jean Winn of the history society, said: “It is an exhibition very much about people, although we do have some artefacts, and the very human stories that go with them.

“We feature everyone from a Royal Marine Ernie Baker who was kept at Deal for 20 years as he mended the boots of Royal Marines, to The four Bradford brothers, whose niece lives in Deal. Two of the brothers won the VC.”

Among the artefacts will be those provided by local people showing their ancestors who fought in the Great War. There will be an original death medal, issued to the families of all people who were killed in the war.

Doors will open at 10am on the Saturday. Visitors will be greeted by a time line of First World War events, connecting them to stories they will find inside.

Jennifer Van Lens, chairwoman of the society, added: “We will have a small television playing DVDs of “The Last Voices of World War I”. There will be a quiz for children. The Downs Branch of the RBL is going to loan us a portrait of Henry Allingham, the last surviving Tommy from the Great War.”

On Saturday evening, a projection of Steven Spielberg’s War Horse will be shown and historian Ian Porter will give a talk on Women and the Home Front.

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