Wild men of First World War?

"Eight wild men from Rothbury"
"Eight wild men from Rothbury"
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A group in Rothbury is conducting a project on the First World War and would like to find out information about the men in the picture, entitled the eight wild men from Rothbury, which is believed to have been taken in 1913.

The Rothbury group is also going to produce a booklet about Rothbury and Coquetdale’s connections in the First World War, which will be given to all households in the valley.

Anyone with information about this picture, or with information about the ancestors involved in the First World War can contact Sandy Hunter 

Other villages are also searching for information on their community’s links to the Great War, with this year marking the centenary of the start of the conflict.

Last month, we reported that Eileen Duncan wants to discover the background of the soldiers on the war memorial in Ellingham, with the idea of possibly producing a booklet containing all the information.

A week later, it was announced that the Embleton WW1 Research Group had received a £3,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project to investigate the life and times of men from Embleton who died during the conflict.

Awarded through HLF’s First World War: Then and Now programme, the project will encourage residents of the parish to explore the effects the war had on their local area.

A book will be published telling the stories of the men and all residences in the parish will receive a free copy.

The Gazette would like to hear your family stories and see your photos and memorabilia on anything linked to north Northumberland and the First World War.

Contact Ben O’Connell on 01665 602234 or ben.oconnell@jpress.co.uk