Exhibition tells the story of village’s First World War dead

Pupils from Mawsley School at the First World War exhibition at St Andrew's Church, Great Cransley. Left to right: Imogen Poyner, Ben Perkins, Zak Mileham, Harry Baker and Jack Hughes (all nine)
Pupils from Mawsley School at the First World War exhibition at St Andrew's Church, Great Cransley. Left to right: Imogen Poyner, Ben Perkins, Zak Mileham, Harry Baker and Jack Hughes (all nine)

Schoolchildren have been given the opportunity to have a first look around a new First World War exhibition open in a village near Kettering this weekend.

Pupils from Mawsley School spent this morning (Friday, July 11) at St Andrew’s Church in Great Cransley, where the exhibition is on display today, tomorrow and Sunday.

The war memorial in St Andrew's Church, Great Cransley

The war memorial in St Andrew's Church, Great Cransley

The exhibition includes painstaking research by local man Peter Greenall of the men listed on the church’s war memorial.

One of those named used to farm land which is now Mawsley village, and so pupils from the school’s year four were invited to learn more about their connection to a fallen soldier.

Those named who perished in the war are Arthur Busby, Frank Butler, Leonard Carrington, Bertram Carter, Henry Holland, Fred Smith, Alec Stevens, Oliver Thompson, Frank Thompson, Alfred Warner, Samual Robinson, Horace W Sharman, Herbert Ludlow, Walter Moore, Herbert Pymm and Frank Smith.

Mr Greenall, whose uncle Wilfred Howson was killed in action, said: “I’ve always been interested in the war. I was six years in the Parachute Regiment, which infects you with it.”

He also said he had always his family connections had helped forge his interest. He has spent much of the last five months trawling through census records and other documents to build a picture of the Great Cransley war dead.

Mawsley School’s history subject leader Lynn Johnston said: “We just thought it would be a lovely opportunity for the children to do something hands-on and look at the memorabilia.

“To have some living history opportunities for year four was something we were very keen to do.”

Mr Greenall’s research forms a part of the exhibition, which is open from 9am to 12pm on Saturday and after a special church service remembering those who fought and died at 9.30am on Sunday, finishing at 1pm.