This project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It enabled volunteers from Halton's Heritage Partnership to research and produce short biographies of thirty local individuals from the Borough of Halton who won gallantry awards during the First World War. Halton Heritage Partnership is a voluntary group of societies and organisations that network to promote heritage around Widnes, Runcorn, Daresbury and Moore. In marking the conflict's centenary, this project enabled local people in Halton to come together to preserve the memories and heritage of the people who lived through that eve. Project volunteers collected photographs, newspaper clippings, documents, letters and photos of keepsakes, as well as passed down family tales, to help them build a picture of what wartime life was like. In 2019, the project produced a commemorative publication featuring its research findings, titled 'Halton's Gallant Heroes 1914-1918'. The photograph shows a view of West Bank in Widnes taken in the late 19th Century, prior to the outbreak of conflict.
Halton Heritage Partnership
North West England
Focus and Research
Resources used for research
Local military museums; newspapers held in libraries; details from interviews with families of local descendants.