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Honouring the soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice

Rillington Church. Geoff Otterburn,Joe and Hannah Kinsella,Ana Richards with the special book. Pic Richard Ponter 143024

Rillington Church. Geoff Otterburn,Joe and Hannah Kinsella,Ana Richards with the special book. Pic Richard Ponter 143024

The lives of local soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country is the topic of the latest in a long line of books from Ryedale Family History Group.

Rillington War Memorial features 25 mini biographies of soldiers who died in both World Wars and are forever remembered on the memorial at St Andrew’s Church in the village.

It joins a canon of Heritage Lottery-funded books from members about the soldiers whose names are inscribed on the memorials in Helmsley; Hovingham; Nunnington; Harome and Pockley, Thornton-le-Dale; Hawnby; Rievaulx and Bilsdale; Castle Howard Estate villages; and Sheriff Hutton.

The latest book, by Ana Richards, took more than a year to research and put together.

“It has been a fascinating year and a very worthwhile project to have been involved in,” said Ana. “It has given me a much greater appreciation and insight to life in Rillington during both World Wars and the lives of these young men who volunteered to fight, many straight from the farms, the horrors they must have faced is unimaginable.”

The book is available from the village shop, owned by Andrew Molloy.

Anyone interested in 
researching their own 
memorial should contact Peter Braithwaite on (01653) 628132.

Pictured: Geoff Otterburn, Joe and Hannah Kinsella, and Ana Richards with the new book. 143024

 

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