Grant helps the WW1 research organisation

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A group which aims to mark the centenary of the Great War has been given a £2,000 grant from Calderdale Council.

Halifax Great War Trail Association was formed a year ago with the help of Calderdale Library and Information Services, Calderdale Museum Service, Voluntary Action Calderdale and Pennine Horizons.

Most of the funding will be used to set up computer work stations at Brighouse Library to create a searchable database of the news items which are being catalogued from the Halifax Courier Weekly newspaper of 1914-18.

This rich source of information will form the basis of a series of walking trails which will be, in effect, a social history of Calderdale during the Great War, said spokesman David Millichope.

There are plans to put the database online and also into a series of DVDs so that as many people as possible can have access to its information.

“The catalogue is already providing a vivid account of local life during the early months of the war.”

The group estimates that there are 40,000 news items in the pages of the Courier providing big and small insights.

“There is still a lot of hard work to do and our association is relying on the help of local volunteers to come and help reach this target.” The catalogue already numbers about 2,000 news items.

Anyone wishing to help can use the free online membership form on the website at halifaxgreatwar.org.