Heritage resources for World Wars 1 & 2
The excellent heritage resources to be found on South Gloucestershire council's website include a war memorial page researched and collated with National Lottery heritage funding. It initially focused on World War 1 as part of commemorations of that War's centenary, but has since been updated to include information on those who died during World War 2. It now covers over 1500 local people who lost their lives in both World Wars as recorded on over 62 war memorials across South Gloucestershire. The resource includes both civilian and military casualties and can be searched by either either first or second name. Information about an individual's family and war service is added where known. The site also contains information on regiments and medals awarded.
South Gloucestershire's World War 2 Stories resource is the result of an 18 month project which explored the impact of the Second World War on the area. The project, which received National Lottery heritage funding, celebrated and documented the lives of ordinary people who lived through the most rapid period of change in the last century. Memories and experiences were captured in reminiscence sessions and community events. You can read them on the website and watch films made of 10 people's stories. The resource also includes a guide to reminiscence sessions, as well as presentation slides and notes for schools.