Garstang historian’s First World World heroes tribute

Historian Paul Smith
Historian Paul Smith

THE local historian leading Garstang’s Great War Heroes project is planning his latest lecture linked to the centenary commemorations of the First World War.

On August 4 last year, 100 years to the day Britain declared war on Germany, Paul Smith gave a lecture to a packed audience at Garstang Arts Centre. The talk was on the build-up to the war and the involvement of Garstang servicemen in the conflict.

Next month, on Saturday, November 7, the evening before Remembrance Sunday, Mr Smith will deliver his latest lecture on the topic ‘Women and the war: the female world of 1914-1918’.

The meeting, at Garstang Arts Centre, will be in two parts, separated by a refreshment break. The first part will be devoted to women and war work, while the second part will be on women’s attitudes, sartorial history and emancipation.

The event starts at 7pm and is strictly a ticket only event which can be bought from Market Place News, Garstang.

It is anticipated the lecture will include the public launch of new book, Garstang’s Great War Heroes. The 80-page book is about the life, times and sad deaths of the 19 men whose names appear on the Great War plaque of Garstang War Memorial as well as several survivors.