For the first time the stories behind the names on the Uttoxeter War Memorial on Bear Hill have been brought together in a new book by Gillian and Alan Talbot.

Alan was born and bred in Uttoxeter and has a long interest in the history of the town. Gillian, his wife, has a life-long interest in the First World War. Researching Alan’s family members who were killed in WW1 led to the quest to put faces and characters to every name on the town war memorial.

The couple have now compiled all their research into a fully illustrated book which contains the lives and war records of all but three of the men, and one woman, named on the Uttoxeter war memorial who fell during the First World War. The research has taken over 10 years and has been partially available on the Talbot’s website www.uttoxeterlostgeneration.co.uk. Gill and Alan also helped Redfern’s Cottage curator, Laura Wigg-Bailey, develop a temporary exhibition about Uttoxeter during World War which is still open to visit for free during normal opening hours.

The launch is being held on the 26th November from 12 – 3pm and is a free public event at Redfern’s Cottage where members of the public can come and hear about the Talbot’s work, buy a signed copy and enjoy the refreshments on sale.

“We look forward to seeing you on the 26th November for this special day in the history of the town” said chairman David Parkes.