The Malvern War Memorial

Their stories are told

by Mike Isle

The names engraved on Malvern’s First World War memorials have been given new meaning, thanks to a stunning new book from the Darfield Genealogy and Local History Group.

Malvern World War One Soldiers — Lest We Forget, tells the stories behind each of the names engraved on the Malvern, Darfield, Kirwee, Springfield, Sheffield, Glenroy, Greendale and Hororata war memorials.

Club spokesperson Wilma Webster said the 295-page book took 10 years to research and write and required the combined efforts of all the local genealogy clubs and societies.

“We interviewed relatives and friends and transcribed all these stories. It was a very moving experience,” she said.

The book brings the names to life telling the stories of the farmers, teachers and tradesmen who gave their lives overseas in the Great War and in most cases did not return home.

Lest we forget is a homage to local heroes.

The book retails for $40 and can be purchased by phoning Wilma on 03 318 3063, Bev on 03 318 8315 or writing to the club at websterwc1@gmail.com.

“I am not just a name on the war memorial. I was a real person warts and all. I was a son, brother, uncle, father. Find out about me, Lest we forget.”