Queensbury during WW1 was a close knit very independent community of 6,000 to 7,000 people, very many working in the village, in the mills, the mines, the quarries, farming or the shops.
133 men of Queensbury lost their lives and to commemorate the 100-year anniversary and tell the story of not only some of these men and those who came back, but of how the war affected the village, Queensbury History Society as part of next year’s exhibition plan with your help to try and do this. Have you any information of village life in these years 1914 to 1918, any photographs, documents, stories passed down that you would allow us to copy? Have you a grandparent who tells his or her parents’ stories, has photographs, letters or postcards sent? We would love the women’s stories too, of how they worked, lived and coped in those years. We know, for instance, that John Foster’s Mill was involved in munitions work (did this involve your family)? Herbert Foster of Littlemoor Castle had a yacht called Portia which was commissioned by the Admiralty and took part in the sinking of an enemy submarine U12 in 1915, and Belgian refugees were provided a house at Sutcliffe Fold. We would so appreciate you taking the time to ask your older relatives from Queensbury if they have any information, no matter how small, as “History not shared, is history lost.” If you are able to scan and send anything by email please do, but we can collect and copy (all originals returned) and if you have a verbal story you wish to tell please contact us. Sheila Thornton 01274882479 sheila.thornton987@ btinternet.com orHazel Pearson 01274882726 email@example.com