Discovering our local war connections

To commemorate 100 years since the battle of the Somme was being fought we are going to be asking if you have a First World War ancestor.

Throughout July and August we will be filling this page with stories and pictures of local ancestors who fought in the First World War.

Tweet us, post it on our Facebook page or send us an email and we'll share your local war connections.


First World War battle scene


"My father-in-law, Francis Thomas Morgan, was buried alive whist fighting in the First World War!

His friend dug him out and luckily he survived, otherwise my children wouldn't be here today."

Mary Bennett


My father, Harry Searl, was a driver with the Royal Horse Artillery in WW1....he was gassed, buried in a trench collapse, invalided home and then returned to France. During his time there he was moved to and from the Horse Artillery and Field Artillery. He spoke rarely of the horrors he must have seen but told of his anguish at having his horse killed. and impressed upon me that it was right to *make much of your horse when you dismount*. Below is a photo of him on invalid leave.

Jean Bell

Harry Searl