First World War display in town

Phil Taubman at the Castletown War Memorial, where his Great Uncle is remembered

Phil Taubman at the Castletown War Memorial, where his Great Uncle is remembered

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Any memorabilia from the First World War is being requested for a display to go in the Civic Centre, Castletown.

Resident Phil Taubman, who is organising the display, said: ‘We want any artefacts medals, badges, tin hats or uniforms from World War One.’

Photocopies can be taken of documents and the original handed straight back. Any medals and badges will be displayed in a glass cabinet and kept securely.

He also hopes to recreate a trench to form the centre piece of the display.

‘I am just back from New Zealand. I was in a museum in Auckland there was an exhibition about World War One and there was a mock trench with sandbags and dummies with uniforms on,’ he said. ‘I want to revive that so you go in through the doors on one side and have to walk through the trench.’

He has a special personal connection to the conflict as his great uncle, Henry Taubman, was killed on November 4, 1918, days before the war ended on November 11.

Henry lived in 28 Queen Street and he was one of eight men living in that street who lost their lives in the war, giving it the dubious privilege of having lost more men in that war than any street or road in Britain.

Town commissioner Peter Hill-Heaton has researched a memorial roll of honour of those from Queen Street who died in the conflict and the results of his research are in the Manx Museum and will be on display at the Civic Centre.

To donate memorabilia call Phil on 490237 or town clerk, Eddie Convery, on 825005.

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