Giant task in store for novice archivist team

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A team of 20 volunteers, led by project leader Katherine Doyle are taking on the monumental task of publishing biographies from all of those who died in World War One.

The volunteers, with virtually no archiving training will contribute on a semi-regular basis. They will be provided with the names and the research is down to them, through use of the county archives and online material available.

Laura Cotton, County Archivist based in Aylesbury, said: “We are publishing a log of all of the men, women and children who served from Buckinghamshire, either from the Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry or The Royal Buckinghamshire Yeomanry or contributed to the war effort from home.”

“We have a lot of information to get through! Casualty books, letters and reports of what happened. It’s impossible to know the exact number of people who served.” (It is estimated to be around 44,000 by organisers).

“We came to this number by adding up all the work that Buckinghamshire Remembers have done, who have catalogued the names from local war memorials. But obviously this doesn’t take into account the people who returned from war.”

The project will run to 2018 and has been funded by a £40,400 grant from the Heritage Lottery fund. People can upload their own information onto the fully online, digitised archive.

“There is no definitive list for us, and we have to include the immense contribution of women and children to the war effort too - for example the Women’s Land Army and the Voluntary Aid Detachment. We want to encourage everyone to get involved, please get in touch with Katherine Doyle, at Kadoyle@buckscc.gov.uk” www.buckinghamshireremembers.org.uk