Exhibition lights up city’s WW1 sacrifices

Streets of Mourning
Streets of Mourning

A new exhibition highlighting the sacrifices a generation of young men from Lancaster made in the First World War opens its doors this week.

The Streets of Mourning initiative aims to illuminate the local experience of war.

The First World War resulted in the deaths of more than 1,000 young men from the city and who these individuals were has been painstakingly researched by members of the Lancaster Military Heritage Group, as part of their Millennium Project.

The Lancaster University curated exhibition will be on show at Campus in the City, Cheapside, this Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18.

The research has been mapped by Professor Ian Gregory to enable visitors to see the impact on their house, street or local area.

He said: “This event marks the centenary of the worst period of the war for Lancaster. Between 13 April 1915 and 13 May 1915, 104 Lancastrians were killed, mainly in the Second Battle of Ypres. All but four of these men are remembered on the Menin Gate, as they have no known grave.”

This year’s exhibition will allow anyone who is interested to explore the First World War fatalities within their immediate area or anywhere else across Lancaster. Edward St and Marton St suffered six casualties each in April and May 1915, and St. Leonard’s gate suffered five.

There will also be the opportunity to view a variety of exhibits that will illuminate the local experience of war and its resonances across the century.

This includes a creative aupiece “Songs My Grandmother Never Heard” written for the Centenary by the author George Green, and also the ‘Time and Tide’ creative writing project led by Lancaster Archives. Organisers are inviting Lancastrians to attend and share their stories of Lancaster in the First World War.