On Saturday 28 June two branches of the Colbert family (D’Arcy and Cluny), relations of W Fensome, HV Collins, JG Haynes, W Sanford, JA Marshall and F Currington, all families of the fallen on the War Memorials of Offord Cluny and Offord D’Arcy were united by the Friends of St Peter’s Offord D’Arcy as part of their commemorative exhibition.
The Friends had placed adverts in the local papers asking for information and a number came forward from as far a field as Chichester and Leicester. The family members contributed personal memorabilia including several photographs of their fallen relatives, medals and “death” pennies. During the afternoon we were able to link up branches of family members of men on the War Memorials who had not previously known each other. They were joined by members of the Western Front Association, a researcher into the Huntingdonshire Cyclists Battalion, a local collector, an impressive range of models of WWI military aircraft, tanks and ships, a display from the Wyton Heritage Centre showing Wyton as a WWI airfield, plus many fascinating and historically relevant items loaned by the community and displayed by the Friends. Both county and district councillors were in attendance as well as a representative from the Churches Conservation Trust. St Peter’s, Offord D’Arcy, is a redundant church vested in the Churches Conservation Trust. The Friends of St Peter’s support the use of the church for cultural and social purposes and the occasional church service.