Posted Thursday 10 April 2014 by Carol Maplesden
The book They did not grow old: Teenage Conscripts on the Western Front, 1918
was inspired when Tim was trying to find out more about his great uncle, who died in the war.
Because many records concerning his Uncle had been destroyed he decided to study five other young conscripts from the same area in Yorkshire who had also gone to war in France in June 1918.
Doing this helped him to find out what happened to his great uncle.
Much of his illustrated talk showed how he achieved this, with information on what life was really like in the army for these young men. With regular food and training, these teenagers were in a much better physical condition than those who still lived in the poor conditions they had come from. According to Tim they would sometimes ask if their rations could be sent to the people at home instead. Although conditions in the trenches were harsh, they were not in the frontline all the time and spent much of their time training for manoeuvres.
There was much interest in the talks at all six libraries: Winsford, Upton, Neston , Great Boughton, Hope Farm and Frodsham, with many of the audience actively researching their own ancestors.
Tim has offered to return to us to hold some more” hands on” research covering the subject, which we hope to organise later in the year.