Group hopes to research life at home in wartime

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Two local history enthusiasts are hoping to generate interest in a project to research the effects of the First World War on the Brighouse area.

Bob Horne and Angela Monaghan are hoping that other people will join them in setting up a group to go through copies of the Brighouse Echo from 1914 to 1918 to look at the everyday lives of people in wartime.

“The intention is to focus on the Home Front rather than military activities which are well-documented. There is particular interest, for instance, in the conscientious objectors.”

David Millichope, chair of the Halifax Great War Trail Association, is willing to advise the group on recording information from local newspapers .

Bob said: “A dozen or more interested volunteers would be an ideal number so that we can share out the work. Obviously the centenary of the conflict next year has given added urgency to the research. We will be looking at the impact of the war on those who never left Brighouse.”

The area to be covered will be the old borough of Brighouse including Norwood Green, Bailiff Bridge, Lightcliffe, Hipperholme and Coley.

Anyone who is interested should contact Angela on 07941 286821 or Bob on 0777 6211891.