Plympton Library commemorates those who died in WW1

A project to commemorate those who died in World War One comes to an end this weekend as a wave of pebbles is laid outside Plympton Library, each one dedicated to a Plympton man who lost their life in the Great War. 

Over the past four years staff in the library have been researching the lives of men who had a link with Plympton. Using library resources including Find My Past and Ancestry, detailed biographies have been produced which are currently on display in the library.

The material has also been added to the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website, providing a permanent archive.

Deputy Council Leader Pete Smith said “Staff at the library have been working on this project for four years and it has been a real labour of love for them. Through a mixture of online and library resources they have told the stories of those who lost their lives in the Great War, ensuring that they will not be forgotten.”

The biographies will be in display in the library until Friday 23 November.

A pebble commemorating each man has been painted and a wave of these will be created outside the library at 11am on Saturday 10 November. Members of the public will then be invited to take the pebbles and hide them elsewhere for others to find.

Also on Saturday morning the library will have a virtual reality pop-up where people can see a specially commissioned virtual reality experience – Nothing to be Written –  inspired by postcards sent home by soldiers from the trenches.