Students research 'family folklore' of First World War's Middlesex Regiment

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A team of students are searching for stories about the Middlesex Regiment who served in the First World War as part of a Heritage Lottery Funded project.

The research team at Middlesex University in Hendon will record the experiences of soldiers who served in the Middlesex Regiment between 1914 and 1918.

The regiment was formed in 1881 before being sent to the Western Front in January 1915. 

The new project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is a partnership between Middlesex University and Eastside Community Heritage, which is based in East London and holds an archive of around 30,000 hours of recorded oral history material.

A travelling exhibition for schools including stories from descendents, family photographs and memorabilia will make its way across the county of Middlesex once the project is completed.

Middlesex University professor and BBC journalist, Kurt Barling, said: “The stories of these unknown heroes currently live on in family folklore. This project presents a chance, and one time opportunity, to gather these stories before it is too late and re-tell the lost and forgotten stories of contributions and sacrifices that Empire and Commonwealth soldiers made during the Great War.”

To share family stories, photographs, or to find out more about the project, contact professor Kurt Barling.

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