Tuesday, 24 June 2014

WW1 event at Cottingham

Annie Johnson has generously sent me excerpts from family WW1 letters that mention certain soldiers from the village. This is exactly the sort of detail that adds colour to what can seem a very bald account of someone’s experiences, and I am very grateful to her. If anybody else has letters or family anecdotes that they’d be willing to share, I would love to hear from them too. 

There’s a list of servicemen I’ve identified up till now on the website.  However there will be many not listed, largely because their military records were among those that were lost in WW2 bombing raids. If there were soldiers in your family you would like to be added to the list, please tell me. 

The next family group to be uploaded to the website will be the Chambers family.

Sun 24 Aug (2 to 5pm), WW1 Commemoration, Cottingham Village Hall Annexe.
An event is being organised in the village to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I. If you would like to get involved, or if you have any information or memorabilia from the era, please contact Joanne Leaning on joanne.leaning@btinternet.com , telephone 01536 770913.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014


Welcome to the Cottingham Soldiers Blog. So far I've identified just over seventy men from Cottingham and nearby who served during WW1. There's not very much detail yet for many of them but I hope to find out more as new sources of information become available online.

I'll be giving updates and listing any interesting new websites here.

If you've got anything you want to share about WW1 soldiers in your family,  please do get in touch: cottinghamsoldiers@gmail.org.uk

The next men to be added to the website will be Frederick Oliver and Alfred William Inchley.