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Remembering the Fylde heroes of the First World War

Cyril Stork, of St Annes, back row, right

Cyril Stork, of St Annes, back row, right

As the centenary marking the start of the First World War fast approaches, an exhibition charting the history of soldiers has been revealed.

Coun Susan Parkin, of Warton Parish Council, is putting together a photographic exhibition of how local life would have been as the men marched off to war and she is still looking for photos or artefacts that could be included.

This exhibition will be on view in St Paul’s Church, Warton, on August 4, the day when Britain joined the war.

Coun Parkin said: “We had a good response from our article and letter a few weeks ago, calling for readers’ help to trace the families of the fallen of Warton and our purpose is to honour and remember local men who fought and maybe died to give us the freedoms and privileges that we are all now able to enjoy.”

The above picture is one such photo which will be on display and features Pte Cyril Stork, who lived in Kilnhouse Lane, St Annes.

The former Heyhouses School pupil is the man standing at the back in short-sleeves and braces.

He was captured during the war as an 18-year-old and subsequently released back.

His daughter, Kathleen Banks, of Freckleton, said this photo was published in The Express in the early 1960s but it is very poignant now, as this year sees the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War.

Coun Parkin can be contacted at s.m.parkin@gmail.com

 

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