CROCKERNE PILL & DISTRICT HISTORY SOCIETY
Is proud to launch its second book
“World War Two:
Remembering the Servicemen of Pill & Easton-in-Gordano, Somerset. 2015”
The book, launched at Pill Resource Centre, tells the family and military stories of the Pill & Easton-in-Gordano men named on war memorial at St. George’s Church, Easton and is on sale both at the Resource Centre and Pill Post Office, the Precinct, Pill, priced £4.00.
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Lives of Pill’s WW2 veterans remembered as part of VE Day celebrations
HISTORIANS in Pill have published a new book featuring the stories of villagers who lost their lives serving in World War Two as part of VE Day celebrations.
Members of the Crockerne Pill and District History Society research group have been tracing the family and military histories of 26 war veterans in the village for the new book WW2- Remembering the Servicemen of Pill and Easton-in-Gordano.
The book follows on from a similar publication put together by the society which traced the history of 56 World War One Veterans who came from the village.
Only the surnames and initials of the 80 war dead are on the two memorials at Christchurch in Pill and St George’s Church at Easton-in-Gordano.
In the first book the society traced back each of their Christian names – meaning they could be read out in full for the first time at the village’s armistice service.
The new book focuses on those who served in World War Two and contains fascinating details about their background and military history.
Crockerne Pill and District History Society secretary Maggi Stowers said: “The project started about three years ago when we started looking for the Christian names of the war dead on the two memorials.
“Only the initials and the surnames feature on the memorials and by researching the Christian names it meant they could be read out in full for the first time at the Remembrance Day service in 2013.
“We then wanted to concentrate on our war heroes of the Second World War.
“There are 26 men included in the second book, two of which are not included on the war memorials for some reason.
“The World War One book was slightly easier to research as there was a lot of census information up until 1911,
“There was little census information available after 1911 so we had to talk to a lot of family and look at regimental records and speak to the Commonwealth War Grave Commission and look on family history websites.
“In the writing of this book we attempt to preserve the memories of these heroic men and to hand down to future generations the knowledge of what they did and the great sacrifices they made so that we could live in a free and democratic country.”
The new book features some fascinating stories, including a tale about a local soldier who was among a group of men who had to swim seven miles back to the shores of Malta after the ship he was on sunk.
Mrs Stowers added: “In one of the stories a group of soldiers were sailing out of Malta when their boat got torpedoed.
“They had to swim seven miles back to shore at night with only the light from the military bombardment of the island to guide them.”
The book will be launched to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.
An official launch will be held on May 9 at Pill Resource Centre, Pill Precinct at 11am.