Remembering the wartime contribution of Onchan residents

Jointed doll at the Onchan Library Remembrance exhibition

Jointed doll at the Onchan Library Remembrance exhibition

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A display in remembrance of Onchan residents who served in the armed forces has opened at Onchan Library.

Photographs include Strand Street during The Boer War and there is fascinating memorabilia from both World Wars right through to the Korean War.

Onchan Commissioners chief executive Malcolm Hulme has been researching the human stories behind the names of Onchan residents involved in the Great War.

It includes some of the poignant wartime experiences and letters from men with an Onchan connection, which are on display.

A list of names he has compiled is at the library and anyone who can shed light on names included in the list is asked to get in touch.

One of the more unusual items on display is a wooden jointed doll dating from 1915, and its owner would like to establish whether there may be any connection with the Knockaloe Internment Camp.

It was given to Norman McKibbin’s father as a six-year-old boy, whose own father had just been killed while serving with the Northumberland Fusiliers.

Colin Bendall, of Onchan, was a boy living in West Ham, London, during the Second World War and has loaned family memorabilia such as ration books, ARP badges, post cards, records, songs and old newspapers. He is a Korean veteran, and the display features some photographs of his time serving there.

The display continues until November 26.

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