Help needed with Manning Valley war display

Manning Valley Historical Society researcher Margaret Clark stands beside the war display at the Wingham Museum. It is hoped the display will get updated in time for Armistice Day in November.
Manning Valley Historical Society researcher Margaret Clark stands beside the war display at the Wingham Museum. It is hoped the display will get updated in time for Armistice Day in November.

World War I photos and letters relating to those who served from the Manning Valley are being sought by the Manning Valley Historical Society (MVHS).

The society is compiling as much information as possible on those who served from all corners of the Manning Valley.

“We are constantly trying to build up our repertoire to have as complete a record as we can of the events that happened,” said researcher Margaret Clark.

The MVHS has applied for a grant to revitalise the war display at the Wingham Museum in time for Armistice Day on November 11.

“We also hope to include a listing of all who enlisted in World War I from the Manning Valley,” said Margaret.

Since October Margaret has been pouring over the archives and every reference to WWI she can find in local books to add to the list.

Private John "Jack" Lancelot Andrews was the youngest person in the Manning Valley to serve in World War I.

Private John "Jack" Lancelot Andrews was the youngest person in the Manning Valley to serve in World War I.

The list will form part of the Armistice Day display and might help local RSL sub branches update their honour rolls.

“I didn’t realise how big a job it was,” said Margaret.

With at least four to five hours a day currently devoted to the project, Margaret will be grateful for any information she can get from the public.

The MVHS is interested in information not previously known to the society or published in the Wingham Chronicle.

All photos submitted for the project can be scanned and emailed to the Manning Valley Historical Society via mvhsmuseum@internode.on.net.

If you have a photo or letter to share and are unable to email a scan, you can take it to the Wingham Museum on Tuesdays or Wednesdays to be scanned by the archives team.

The society will not keep any photos or letters unless you choose to donate them to the museum.

All other enquiries please phone the Wingham Museum on 6553 5823.