Impact of First World War

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The impact of the First World War on the life of a Ryedale village is the subject of an illustrated talk at Pickering Library on Tuesday at 2pm.

Jim Hall, of Appleton-le-Moors History Group, will explain how he and others uncovered the forgotten war-time history of the village which saw 34 men leave to serve their country – with many never coming back.

Using never before seen material, the historians have documented their findings in a book, Appleton-le-Moors and the Great War, drawing upon letters written from the Front, personal diaries of those left behind to farm the land and photographs from the William Hayes collection of German prisoners of war in the village.

Mr Hall will also be talking about the great mystery surrounding the War Memorial which the History Group now believes is partly resolved.

There will also be an exhibition of World War One photographs, documents and booklets from surrounding villages at Pickering Library. The local history groups of Thornton-le-Dale, Rosedale, Sinnington, Lockton, Levisham and Appleton-le-Moors are all contributing to the event, which runs from tomorrow to July 25.

Tickets for the talk are free on a first come, first served basis and available from Pickering library or by calling 0845 3005157.

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