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Commemorative WW1 exhibition in Rawcliffe

A commemorative World War One exhibition, Aftermath: Peace at Last, will be held at St James’ Church in Rawcliffe on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th November.

The exhibition is being organised by Rawcliffe WW1 group, made up of Robert Barker, Roy Dresser and David Mckenna and follows the group’s earlier exhibition in 2014, which was a huge success.

The focus of this exhibition is on the outcomes following the end of hostilities, and visitors will be able to see exhibits on The Treaty of Versailles, the Suffragetes, the Spanish Flu outbreak, war poetry and the ‘the thankful villages’. There will also be relevant posters, artefacts, models and books on display.

Of special interest will be the book by local historian, Robert Barker, entitled “Though Lost to Sight, to Memory Dear: Rawcliffe – one parish and its people in time of war”.  Visitors will be able to purchase this fascinating local account.

David McKenna said: “We obtained a grant from the Armed Services Covenant Fund which then supplied 10 ‘there but not there’ silhouettes, which will be attached to the church benches to remind people of the absence of friends/colleagues who died.  A stark reminder, if one was needed, of the consequences of war.”

Entry to the exhibition is free and it is on from 10am to 5pm on both days.

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