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First World War: Families of Huddersfield heroes urged to enter their memories on new website

The site to preserve memories for a University psychology project

It's time to remember the heroes of the past.

Family members and relatives of Huddersfield’s First World War heroes are being urged to document their memories on a website built to preserve them forever.

The Family memories of the First World War site, a brainchild of University of Huddersfield psychology researchers, has been created so that personal accounts of the Great War can live on, despite its last surviving combatants being sadly gone.

Recollections shared by surviving relatives will also be a rich source of material for history researchers in the future.

British troops moving up to the trenches, 2.5 miles East of Ypres. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The project is headed by Nigel King, a professor in Applied Psychology, and has received backing from the British Psychological Society.

Researchers believe the accounts will help add a psychological dimension to future centenary commemorations of the conflict.

The Great War stretched from 1914 to 1918 and in two years Britain will mark a century since the conflict’s close.

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Professor King, who is working on the project with Senior Research Fellow Dr Jo Brooks, says visitors to the site can share their memories of relatives who were active members on the frontline or the Home Front.

People around the world can use the site, with the project being promoted in Australia.

Professor King said the project was less concerned with accurate facts, but how events were retold.

The Battle of Loos was the largest British offensive mounted on the Western Front in 1915
The Battle of Loos was the largest British offensive mounted on the Western Front in 1915

“Many psychologists would say that memory is always a reconstructive process,” said Professor King.

For the academic, there is also a personal reason behind the project as his own grandfather William Tipper fought in the Royal Artillery Company.

He added: “At some level, you might concern yourself with things that are factual, but the stuff of memory is something that we rewrite all the time. It is the process that is of interest.”



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