A near £10,000 grant will enable a village to better remember its fallen of the Great War.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) award of £9,800 has been gained by Willaston Village Festival Society.
The grant, obtained through the HLF’s First World War: Then and Now programme, will fund a project by the society entitled Lest We Forget – Willaston Remembers Its First World War Fallen.
Organisers say the project will focus on researching the background of the 34 names recorded on the village war memorial.
Students from Neston High School will be undertaking research into the lives of soldiers who attended public schools including Eton College and Oundle School.
Members of the local church youth group will conduct research at Liverpool Cathedral while the Darby and Joan Club will visit the Cheshire Military Museum and then record their memories related to the effects of the war on their families.
Willaston Primary School will examine the church records and churchyard relating to the casualties buried in the churchyard.
Other volunteers will be researching Cheshire and Wirral archives as well as those held at Port Sunlight Museum.
It is intended all the research will be published in a book and on a DVD to form a lasting record.
The next village festival in 2015 will feature an exhibition presenting all the information which is found.
An end-of-war children’s street party will be held at the same time.
To mark the centenary of the First World War, organisers hope the project will enable local people in Willaston to come together to preserve the memories and heritage of villagers who lived through the war.
The father of Lt Lonsdale, one of those commemorated on the war memorial is known to have actively worked to ensure its construction.
David Percival is commemorated on the First World War memorial plaque while his son, Joey, is commemorated on the Second World War plaque, the only family to lose both father and son in war.
Joan Butcher of the Festival Society’s Heritage sub-committee said: “We are thrilled to receive the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are determined to use the grant to ensure that those recorded are not just names but are remembered as villagers who left behind families and ways of life very different to our own.”
Sara Hilton, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in the North West, said: “The project will span the generations with young and old researching and contributing stories to show how the impact of this global conflict was felt among the families in this small community.”