Welcome to Remembering

An online database of local people connected to WW1

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About Remembering


Bann Maine West Community Cluster (BMW) has been working on community relations projects for many years. In 2018 our History Group decided to investigate the First World War and how it impacted on our local, rural communities. The outcomes of this project were a book and this website, both called, ‘Remembering’.

The History Group included Joanne Brown Kerr, Alan Nicholl, Tom Simpson and Damien Clarke who carried out research, arranged visits, and deliver local workshops to raise awareness and gather information. A trip to some of the conflict areas, in France and Belgium, followed, providing the opportunity to visit sites of battles, memorials and the final resting places of dozens of local men. The initial result of all this work was a fascinating publication, ‘Remembering’, a book which contains a simple outline of the war and is illustrated with many images of artifacts and locations from the conflict and, many photographs of those who took part.

Our hope is that this website, ‘Remembering’, will continue the process of recalling how the events of 1914-1918 left their mark on our local area, and that it will encourage anyone with more information/stories/photographs/artifacts, to contribute what they know. We would like to acknowledge everyone who has helped with the research thus far, but we are certain that much more remains to be uncovered. We were most grateful to The Heritage Lottery and Mid & East Antrim Borough Council who, not only endorsed the theme of our research, but supported the project financially.

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Bann Maine West (BMW) was set up in 2010 with the main aim of working with groups in the West areas of Ballymena which covers Ahoghill, Cloney, Cullybackey, Galgorm, Grange, Portglenone and Tullygarley. We provide support to member community groups, promote working together and are involved with a number of projects including this ‘Remembering’ History Project. (link to Bann Maine West main website). Also could the photo of the cross be turned portrait rather than landscape.