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It has been very encouraging to receive so much positive feedback since we launched this website. People, home and abroad have contacted us with messages of support and thanks, here are a few of their responses.....
July/August 2017 - Just a few of the many emails we received following our Passchendaele interviews:-
From the Rev JM “ For many years I have stood in St Michael's
church in Brimington at the remembrance service and heard each and every name
read out. I always wished there was more information about the men, to give
them their identity back. I'm so pleased you have done this work. Thank you”
Sheena wrote “…browsed through the stories, mostly with tears in my eyes. What a wonderful tribute you have created to the brave men and boys from your corner of Derbyshire.”
" I was so touched to see your diligent and loving hard work reported upon on the BBC News website" from Jane
"Just wanted to say what a fantastic job you are
doing here - very inspiring - thank you " Michael
"What you have done with your husband fills me with pride. Well done to both of you“ Peter
From Mr/Mrs P …..” I was moved to leave you a message after reading the BBC news
article. You have done a wonderful job compiling all this information in
remembrance of your local WW1 soldiers. Their stories have been told and you
have done them proud. God bless them. RIP.”
Michael T wrote “Thank you for all your 'work' in dedication to those brave souls who made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf, they must never be forgotten.
“…saw you on the bbc website and just wanted to say what an
amazing project your memorial research is” Rob
Paul F “ Great to see you’ re finally getting recognition you both
deserve for your hard work”
“Lovely to read the article about the Brimington lads on the BBC website. Our family are forever grateful for your efforts in uncovering information about George Symonds.” From Katharine
“I have just read your column on BBC News, what a fitting tribute and it moved me, such a rewarding thing to do, well done to the both of you” From Christine
From Carol W - “I first came across your work via the exhibition at Brimington Community Centre but then I picked up the link to your website from the main BBC news webpage – what a fantastic job you have done with both your research and the website itself – credit due to you both. “
T -granddaughter of Brimington soldier John Souter|
"I am impressed with the memorial website, it’s a lovely tribute to the young men..."
"Great website! With an incredible amount of information
about your village soldiers. Shows your true dedication to their memory. I found it whilst searching Shot at Dawn
soldiers which led me to Private Arthur Briggs page – lots of info about the
man I did not know before.
‘… came across your site looking for my great uncle … and wanted to congratulate you on your lovely website. Its full of some much truly personal information and very moving stories.
"What a wonderful, informative website and a valuable contribution in honouring the men who fought in the Great War… Thank you once again for all your hard work and your commitment " Angela R
From ex Sapper Chris…. '..I've looked at the website and its absolutely fantastic. Brilliantly put together and a mine of information. Credit to you both and keep up the good work'
| Derbyshire War memorials emailed‘I have had a look just now (at the website) and I have to say it looks very impressive indeed!|
And they describe the website as ‘An excellent and well researched site focusing on Brimington’
|Email from WW1 Memorials...’ I have perused with great interest your highly informative and dignified website to the men of Brimington who were lost in the Great War and found it deeply moving - you have undertaken a truly exceptional endeavour!|
|Jonas, from the small Belgium town of Dottignies has been researching the Great War British soldiers who are buried in his local communal cemetery. He was ‘....thrilled to find information on your website about Brimington soldier Private William H Dawes who is buried here’ He tells us that Dottignies cemetery has been given a ‘face-lift’ ready for the centennial commemorations there.|
John from Brimington – ‘This is a very moving testament to the brave men of our village’
|Richard from IM2014 -‘Thank you for sharing your inspirational story.... you must be extremely proud of the end result’|
| Roll-of Honour emailed ‘Excellent work, your knowledge and dedication to the subject is clearly evident’|
Western Front Association ‘ ... poignant and informative’
Chesterfield Library after donating a copy of our book – ‘I was so pleased with the quality of production that I decided to pass the other copy on to our County Local Studies Library. I wanted it to be made available to as many people as possible to see. I haven’t had time to look through it carefully, so I can’t say any more than I was impressed with the amount of research you seem to have done, and as I said before, the quality of the publication’
Stephen from Calow ‘...many thanks for your efforts in finding our fallen’
Particularly poignant have been the messages from relatives of our soldiers, many of who have given us invaluable information and photos :-
A relative of Private Albert Wilson emailed us soon after the site was launched ‘....May I say what an absolutely brilliant site you have made’
L/Corp Henry Rodgers great grandson, Peter, told us ‘Thank you for putting details of my great grandad Henry Rodgers and a picture of his resting place on your site. I was really moved when I read this.... I appreciate what you have done and Im sending it to my brother and my sons...’
George Insley’s great niece emailed us ‘ I was extremely touched to come upon your website whilst doing research on my great uncle George Insley. You have done a wonderful job and must be so proud of your achievement’
Albert F Cutts relatives ‘I
just wanted to thank you for all the research and book you have written’
(see updates page for photographs from the family)
Rebecca’s great grandmother was the sister of Brimington soldier David Pickering Gallacher, and in return for sending her the information we have for Private Gallacher. Rebecca has shared some of her fascinating family history with us.
Stuart emailed us, his father Private George M Evans and uncle’s Harold and Reginald were all Brimington men who fought in the Great War and all 3 brothers came home, we were able to exchange information with Stuart about his family.
Relatives of Privates John Bradshaw and Thomas R Brown have been in contact with us, and we forwarded to them all the information we hold on the Brimington soldiers.