This year (2014) is obviously 100 years since the start of what some people call World War One (WW1) but is officially termed “The Great War”. It was called the Great War because this type and scale of utter and total devastation had never been seen before and indeed not since.
It changed the way we fought wars, lived our peace, and thought about each other. When the war started people said “It would all be over before Christmas” and joined up, as in previous wars, in groups of friends, brothers, father and sons, workers from the same estate and even football teams. Just as they fought side by side, unfortunately they also died side by side, Mown down by the new terror weapons, machine guns.
Men (and women) from our village did what happened in every village throughout the land they joined up in ignorance of what was to come. Most families lost sons or relatives.
It is my personal aim is to record all those who went to war from Brown Edge and to tell their story. We have two starting points for this research, the record of those who didn’t come back (the war memorials) and the photograph given to me by Dennis Mosedale which is now widely copied around the village.
I simply cannot do this research on my own and will require assistance from the older members of our community.