Producing and editing the Book, Data Disc and website of this nature has involved a large number of people and organisations. Everyone involved has been exceptionally interested, courteous and helpful. There are so many to thank and it is impossible to mention everyone, but the following deserve special mention for their contributions.
Book and the Data Disc: Janet Brewer, Sheila Denwood, Lynda Burke, Dorothy Phillips, Judith Clarke, Jane Hughes, Chris Robson, Francis Parker, Peter Donnelly and Norman Gardner.
Photographs: The majority of the photographs are from Brig Jim Dennis (the primary author of these documents). Others were provided by Gillian McQueen, Judith Clarke and Peter Donnelly and the professional ones are from the Lancaster Guardian and the Morecambe Visitor. We are indebted to all of these sources for permission to use their photographs.
Thanks need also to be given to the Lancaster and District Library Service (Steve, Lyn, Jennie and Susan for their everlasting patience and expertise), Lancaster Guardian for consistent support and understanding (Sue Riley and Louise Bryning), Radio Lancashire (Tim Padfield), Kent Valley Printers (Howard Duff), IDENT of Kendal (David Smith), IS SO Technology (Darren Phillips).
The National Organisations: The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the National Inventory of War Memorials and the War Memorials Trust all provide information and data without which this project would have been impossible.
Financial Support: We are most appreciative of receiving two Grants from Awards for All (North West) which have funded the War Memorial Project, and also thank the Westfield Memorial Village Council and Lancaster City Council for their support.
The Custodians: Those who look after the 200 War Memorials recorded in this book have been most patient and helpful during our research. Thank you.
Relatives and friends: Who have provided information about their loved ones who died in the conflict, and told us so many moving stories. We cannot thank them enough.
The Project Champion: Without the vision, leadership and tenacity of Brigadier Jim Dennis, this entire project would never have started. His legacy leaves behind an astonishing body of work, available as a research tool and already hugely amplified by Lancaster University History Department. Visit “www.greatwarlancaster.org” to appreciate the scale of the work carried out between 2014-17.
Most of all, our thanks to the 2700 men and women commemorated on our War Memorials.
‘We will remember them’