Town soldiers’ war experiences explored at event

Thrapston, Heritage Week-end: l-r Author, Eric Franklin, with Neil Busby (treasurer of the heritage society).'19/10/19
Thrapston, Heritage Week-end: l-r Author, Eric Franklin, with Neil Busby (treasurer of the heritage society).'19/10/19
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The experiences of Thrapston’s First World War soldiers were explored at a heritage event in Thrapston this weekend.

The event, at The Plaza and organised by Thrapston Heritage and Thrapston District Historical Societys, coincided with the release of a book written by Thrapston man Eric Franklin, called Forget Me Not, which collects information and letters written by townsmen during the 1914-21 period who fought for their country during the First World War.

Mr Franklin said: “The book has taken me seven years to collate so it’s been a labour of love.”

Mr Franklin added that his research was mostly carried out at Kettering Library and he used microfiche copies of old newspapers, including the Northamptonshire Telegraph, to gather the material.

The heritage event, held on Saturday and today (Sunday, until 2pm) featured displays about the town’s history during the First World War and there was memorabilia including a memorial plaque for a fallen Thrapston man and a victory medal.

Thrapston’s Charter Group and U3A also had displays to attract new members.

Historical society archivist Neil Busby was also manning a display telling visitors about attempts to create an online archive – paid for with a Lottery grant which is at the application stage – which will allow people to see all of Thrapston’s collected historical resources in one place.