Our thanks must go to Cowling Companions for allowing us to give our talk Cowling Men in WW1 to commemorate 100 years since its end. They were excellent hosts. The tea and cakes went down a treat. There was a larger than average audience and even two replica WW1 guns! It was great to cooperate with another village organisation. This saw the culmination of our research into WW1 and the Cowling men involved.
The talk included the following subjects:
• List of Cowling men who died serving in WW1 and an acknowledgement of people who have died or suffered in other wars.
• Home living conditions in 1918
• Roles of women in WW1
• Acknowledgement of men who survived, highlighting artist Daniel Binns as a notable survivor.
• Detailed info re four men with interesting and diverse stories to tell. This included life pre war, their military career and where they re buried/commemorated.
• WW1 songs with audience participation.
• WW1 humour. These last two were to lighten the mood of a story of young people and their loss.
This month also we must thank David and Molly Binns who allowed us to interview them about the life and careers in Art, of Daniel, David’s father and David himself. We are now working to write articles for our website based on this information.
Finally November saw us commence a compilation of numbers of the parish population involved in different occupations in the census from 1841-1901. This will show us how jobs changed over that period.