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                         To obtain copies contact 01761 462491 or 462586 or email rickfordvillage@gmail.com

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The Project

A small group was formed to further research into Rickford's past, with the idea that another publication should be compiled to follow on from 'Rickford, A Somerset Village', produced during 2000. It was decided to research  the involvement of residents of Rickford and Burrington during WW1. (The 'Rickford, A Somerset Village' book is now sold out but a loan copy can be borrowed from Mike 01761 462586.)

A starting point for WWI research was The Roll of Honour in Burrington Holy Trinity Church, a brass plaque recording the twelve men and one woman who died. In addition we were given a 1915 copy of the Bristol Times and Mirror which devoted pages to each village, recording who was currently serving. Using parish registers and census records we pieced together the family connections of these men (and one woman). What we didn't know was who might have joined up between 1915 and 1918, although we could guess that some families already researched would have had younger sons who subsequently went to war. 

The 1915 newspaper list can be viewed here - 1915 WW1 list

Fortunately, soon after the group started work they were loaned a hand-written Parish Record listing all of those who served during WW1, produced in 1920, giving members many more names to research. The group was successful in it's bid for Heritage Lottery Funding which enabled it to broaden its remit, to produce a book, work with Burrington Primary school children on a project and mount an exhibition in Burrington Parish Rooms.

View the Parish Record Listing here - Military service list 

 The 230 page, fully illustrated and colour printed book 'Burrington Parish in World War 1' was published in November 2014. It would not have been possible without the excellent contribution of a local professional designer. Recently retired General Sir Peter Wall wrote the foreword. Nearly 150 men and women who served have been researched along with background information about village and military life at the time. Information came from electoral registers, parish church records, newspapers published at the time and online military records. Many local residents were interviewed about their family members and a collection of photographs was amassed. A free Exhibition and Book Launch took place in Burrington Parish Rooms on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th November 10am - 4pm which  included many artefacts loaned by local residents and work by the local Burrington Primary School pupils. As part of the project the History Group provided the school with picture packs and books.

 

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