World War 1 Centenary Project
In order to
commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1, research was undertaken
to find out more about the names that can be found on the village’s War
Once that task had
been completed it was felt that it would also be fitting to remember those who
served and survived the war and also what the village demography would have
been like during this period of history. The research has been completed and is
Britain entered the
war on 4 August 1914 but it is not possible to pin point information from that
precise date onwards, so anything in 1914 is taken as being acceptable.
This information can
be found below and gives names of residents, where they lived along with other
information such as age and profession. The population information shows those people
who lived in West Moors at some point during the war years. There are 1095
people shown here but, due
to a lot of coming and going, at any given point in time the population would
have been about 700 to 750.
The information has
been compiled mostly from public documents but there has been significant
contributions from descendants of past residents. The information sources are; National
Census returns 1841 to 1911 inclusive; Parish (civil and ecclesiastical)
records; Births, Deaths and Marriages records; Wills and Probate records;
Military and World War 1 records; St Mary’s First School log books; electoral
registers; jury lists; trade and profession directories; and various newspapers
The map shows the
geographical extent of West Moors at that time and highlights some interesting
features, of which some can still be seen. For some households the actual home they
lived in can still be identified.
Every effort has been
made to keep the information as accurate as possible but, due to the size of
the task, it is inevitable that there will be some mistakes and omissions.
Please accept our apologies if there is an error and please let us know what it
is so that we can put it right.
We would like to
extend our heartfelt thanks to all who have helped in any way with this project
and, especially St Mary’s First School, Oakhurst Community First School and
West Moors Middle School who made such a success of the exhibition based on
this information at the library over the summer.