To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One, Westbury Manor Museum will be staging a series of related exhibits. They will highlight the part played by the people of Fareham and pay tribute to those who lost their lives, demonstrating the impact on Fareham in human terms.
Central to the exhibition will be a restaging of the excellent “Lost Sons of Fareham display” researched and produced by Innes Marlow. He was inspired to undertake this project after stopping and looking at the War Memorial in West Street.
“I saw a wall of names carved in stone, each one of them representing a man from a local family. Ordinary Fareham people who walked the same streets that we walk today”
“Having undertaken extensive research, including visiting the battlefields, cemeteries and memorials, and reading about these ordinary local men, they were no longer just names”.
The theme of the displays will be to show the impact upon the community and the sacrifices made. All of the men who are named on the memorial were husbands, fathers, brothers, sons, workmates and friends. Their loss will have been felt.
There will also be a roll call of names of local people who signed up and served through to the end of the fighting. They too deserve recognition.
There will be stories of courage and heroism, of grief and loss; but overall it is a story of ordinary people doing extraordinary things of which we can all be proud. There will be opportunities for those interested to take part in Q&A sessions around Fareham and the Great War.