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Can you help Tilehurst remember the start of the First World War?

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A CHURCH in Tilehurst is appealing for help as it prepares to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

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St George’s Church in Tilehurst wants to curate photos and stories from First World War veterans for a display planned for August.

They are appealing for people who have images of their forebears from the conflict to send digital copies for an art project.

The church’s vicar, the Revd Dr Adam Carlill, said: “This year marks the centenary of the beginning of the First World War, and St George’s Church was, and still is, a focal point in West Reading for remembrance.

“St George’s was the barracks Church for the Royal Berkshire Regiment since 1886 and has many important memorials to the fallen within it.

“To mark this centenary with stories and pictures of local people from Tilehurst who fought and died in this terrible conflict will be a good way of marking this event here in West Reading and Tilehurst.”

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Wally Gilbert, who is co-ordinating the venture, said: “Over 100 men from the parish lost their lives. They were serving not only in the Royal Berks Regiment but in many other regiments and services.Please let us know about their war records.”

The closing date for material to be sent is June 15. You are asked not to send original photographs.

For more details, log on to www.facebook.com/tilehurststgeorgeandstmarymagdalen, or the church’s website, www.stgeorge-tilehurst.org.

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