Abbots Langley war centenary project can bring village communities together

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A village project to mark next year’s centenary of the outbreak of the First World War has now traced more than 400 people who lived in the area during the conflict.

The Abbots Langley Local History society has been working on its Back To The Front initiative for the past five years, and is now also planning to join forces with groups in Kings Langley and the Paper Valley project at Apsley’s Frogmore Mill.

Chairman of the society Roger Yapp said: “While 93 men are recorded on the village war memorial, the project has traced hundreds more men and women from the parish who served, and returned.

“We have built up a considerable amount of background information about each man and woman.

“The time is now right to start to bring together the other organisations from the village and local area which have similar interests and objectives, to make sure that we have a co-ordinated approach, and bring the community together.”

The group has also contacted nearby dance and drama groups about the possibility of commemorating the war through performance.

To get involved or to share information, photographs or artefacts, email backtothefront@hotmail.co.uk.