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First World War Centenary: Sad Secrets of Birkenhead's Golden Book
Updated 2:59pm Friday 10th January 2014 in News
SHAFESTBURY Boys’ Club, Birkenhead’s leading youth club, played a crucial role in the Great War of 1914-18.
After the war came peace, and remembrance, Shaftesbury commemorated its lost heroes in a ‘Golden Book’.
Shaftesbury remembered their absent friends throughout the war, and honoured the dead when peace, and the battered survivors, returned.
The dead were listed in a remarkable ‘Laurel Roll’ known as the ‘Golden Book’.
Between hand-tooled leather covers, illuminated pages record 73 names, addresses and dates of birth, regiments and the fateful actions in which they lost their lives and where the dead were buried; all in a beautiful cursive script.
It was a professsionally-produced testament to lost youth, conceived with later generations in mind, which more than 90 years on provides a fascinating glimpse back in time.
Writer Mike Simpson turns the pages of history... for the full, remarkable story click here
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