Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Sonning Common Society

MORE than 30 people heard a talk by an amateur historian hosted by the Sonning Common Society.

MORE than 30 people heard a talk by an amateur historian hosted by the Sonning Common Society.

Mike Willoughby spoke about those soldiers from in and near the village who served in the First World War. Many of their descendants still live in the villages today.

Mr Willoughby, from Woodcote, brought with him a display of replica items from a soldier’s kit and some original artefacts.

He also showed photographs of local soldiers and details of their movements from 1914 to 1918.

Mark Richards, the society’s outgoing chairman, said Mr Willoughby’s gave a “moving” account of combined with the identity of local soldiers which was “very informative”.



The society’s committee, which will be refreshed in January 2015, were thanked for organising the talk.

Mr Willoughby published a 320-page book, Bringing Them Home, in July which details all the men from Henley who died in the war and the street in which they lived.

It is part of his Lest We Forget project which aims to commemorate the soldiers, sailors, airmen and others who died from Henley and the surrounding villages as a result of the First World War.

Mr Willougby can be contacted on (01491) 680828.

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