Former members of the armed forces and their families are being asked to contribute to a weekend gala in June to celebrate their service and to help increase the amount of information available about how Swindonians have helped the nation at times of conflict.
Organiser Darryl Moody of Swindon Council Library Services said the event on 5 and 6 June had come from a conversation with Mark Sutton, author of the acclaimed and detailed description of every Swindon soldier in World War I. “There isn’t a comprehensive database of servicemen and women from the town who served in World War II.
The weekend aims to get the ball rolling by bringing old soldiers and families together. We would also like to hear from any relatives who can contribute family memories, and we’re not restricting the event to one period of time. We’d like to meet people who have served in more recent conflicts and indeed hear of accounts from across the generations.”
Former soldiers originally from overseas now settled in Swindon are also invited to take part.
Already confirmed for the weekend are some fifteen organisations such as the Swindon Society, the Western Front Association, Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team, the Science Museum, history groups from Rodbourne, Highworth and Wroughton, the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre and Help for Heroes.
Local groups and societies who want to take part should contact Darryl on 463238 or mail: email@example.com