Mighty Men of Mymms, an online memorial

The front page of the new Mighty Men of Mymms website
The front page of the new Mighty Men of Mymms website

A Welham Green man who has spent a total of six years researching and writing about the lives of 59 North Mymms servicemen who died during WWI, has now published the material online.

The result is a digital memory of the Mighty Men of Mymms, the name given to the men by their former schoolmaster, Benjamin Mallett, who taught many of them at Welham Green Boy's School.

Mike Allen, of Holloways Lane, Welham Green, finished the research for the project in 2014, but he has been revising the material and formatting the pages over the past few years so that they could be published online in time for the 100-year commemorations of the end of The Great War 1914-1918.

He worked with material written by Mr Mallett a century ago, and which is contained in a Roll of Honour published by the Welham Green schoolmaster in 1919.

The original Roll of Honour which formed the basis for Mike's work Image courtesy of Mike Allen
The original Roll of Honour which formed the basis for Mike's work
Image courtesy of Mike Allen

Using that information, along with his own local and online research, Mike has created a profile page for each man telling their stories; all of them are sensitively written, rich in detail, and thought provoking. Mike admits that it was a moving experience compiling the material. An example of one of the pages is embedded below.





The site also has a page describing the medals awarded to those who died.

By Medal created and awarded by the British Government in 1919, image created by Col André Kritzinger [CC0 or Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons
Medal created and awarded by the British Government in 1919
Image created by Col André Kritzinger [CC0 or Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

The names of the men are etched on two sides of the North Mymms War Memorial off Tollgate Road.


Photograph of the memorial to 'those who fell' in the 1914 - 1918 war. Image by the North Mymms History Project released under Creative Commons
The memorial to 'those who fell' in the 1914 - 1918 war
Image by the North Mymms History Project released under Creative Commons


The memorial to 'those who fell' in the 1914 - 1918 war. Image by the North Mymms History Project released under Creative Commons
The names of 'those who fell' in the 1914 - 1918 war
Image by the North Mymms History Project released under Creative Commons


Photograph of The names of 'those who fell' in the 1914 - 1918 war Image by the North Mymms History Project released under Creative Commons
The names of 'those who fell' in the 1914 - 1918 war
Image by the North Mymms History Project released under Creative Commons

Now, all the stories have been uploaded to a dedicated website, the Mighty Men of Mymms, which is part of the North Mymms History Project.

Mike is also working on a display of 40 Mighty Men of Mymms profiles to be displayed at the remembrance service at St Mary's Church on November 11 at 10:50.

Cutout silhouettes of the servicemen who died will be attached to the ends of the pews with their profiles attached.




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