About Us

Discover First World War Poole and how it shaped our society

The Heritage Lottery Fund have granted £50,600 to enable us to launch our project on Poole, the First World War and its Legacy. With our team of volunteers, and our partners in the community, we are creating a brilliant new website.

Our mission is to provide resources on what the War meant to those who fought, to those who made munitions, nursed soldiers, manned fishing boats – all the Poole people who were involved.

We will then go on to chart the nature of post-war Poole. Those who mourned the 700 Poole men who fell, the returning servicemen – many of whom were damaged by the war and the women who had supported the war effort and were no longer needed. It was a time of great change that played a part in forming modern Poole.

There are different ways to get involved with the project

 

  • Volunteer in Poole History Centre

  • Tell us your family story

  • Research stories from your local memorial

  • Find out about our school information pack

If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England's, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.

- Rupert Brooke