2018 sees the culmination of a series of events to mark the centenary of the end of World War One. With all the survivors now deceased; the conflict has passed from living memory. The commemorations have sought to ensure the stories of the war and lessons to be learnt are passed on to future generations.
When services of remembrance take place each November, the nation pays its respects to those who have served in the wars of the 20th and 21st Centuries. Many of us know personal stories from family members, relatives or friends who have served. We may even have a relative whose name is inscribed on a war memorial.
Whilst there are no longer survivors of World War One around, their stories may be known to us from parents or grandparents. We might even have a treasured family photograph, of a relative who made the ultimate sacrifice. A youthful face, looking out at us from the last century.
But if we go further back, things become a lot less clear.
19TH CENTURY CONFLICT
The Crimean War is a conflict of which most of us have a cursory knowledge. We may have heard of Florence Nightingale ('the lady with the lamp') and have an understanding of the geography of the war zone, through recent events involving Russia and Ukraine.
But given that the war took place in the 1850s, none of us will have heard even a second-hand account from a participant, or seen a photograph. And yet, the reminders of the conflict are out there, if you know where to look.
VOICES FROM THE PAST
In researching this film, we were fortunate to discover, in old copies of the Lancaster Gazette, a series of letters from soldiers serving at the front. These are of particular interest, as a number of the correspondents were from Lancaster. This has enabled us to present brief extracts which give an insight into the experiences of soldiers fighting in the Crimean War.
We hope that after seeing our film, the people of Lancaster (and beyond) will take a moment to remember those who served in this 19th Century conflict and that it will remind us all how easily we can forget, if we cease to commemorate the sacrifice of others.
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