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Cranborne and the First World War

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Did your ancestors live in Cranborne during the first world war? Did any of them serve in the forces? What was life like in the village? If you have any information the Priest’s House Museum would like to know.
The museum is holding an event in Cranborne on Saturday 16 September as part of its project ‘The One Hundred Year Heritage of the First World War for Wimborne and East Dorset’. The project aims to record the lives of people from East Dorset who served in the forces and those who stayed behind, such as women who took on jobs left vacant by men. The information will be made available on the project website The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The event takes place in the Cecil Memorial Hall in Cranborne from 10am to 4pm. If you have any photographs or press cuttings relating to the local area, or to individuals, please bring them along. Experts in the first world war will be on hand to help with any queries and will have access to online military records. The Cranborne Local History Society will also be present with old photographs of the village. Refreshments will be provided.
For further information please contact the museum on 01202 882533 or visit