RYEDALE Family History Group has published its latest book on local war memorials.

The Westow War Memorial book has been researched and written by volunteers Eileen Wray and Carol Fitz-Gibbon, with contributions from other members of the group.

It contains mini biographies of the 22 soldiers from Westow and surrounding area who are commemorated on the war memorial in the village.

There is also a plaque in St Mary’s Church put up by Major H H Roberts in memory of his son.

Lieutenant James Thursby Roberts died from his wounds on July 20, 1916, when he was aged 20 and had followed his father into the army.

Commemorated on the war memorial is Bertie Snowball, who was a professional golfer at a number of clubs, including Scarborough, Carnoustie and Criccieth and is also listed on the war memorials in those places.

Eileen said: “It was fascinating to research these men and record their lives and service.

“However, particularly sad was that we found a number of the men killed were identified by their possessions, such as Private Ernest Henry Haykings from his spoon and fork as each man was issued with these items of kit which were marked with their regimental number.”

Carol said: “We would like to thank the descendants of those commemorated on the memorial who helped us by providing photos and background which was very useful and appreciated.”

Eileen and Carol presented a copy of the book for the Parish at St Mary’s Church in Westow to Rev Stephen Walker.

The Westow War Memorial book, is part of the growing Ryedale War Memorials series of books.

Copies of the book can be obtained through the the group’s website ryedalefamilyhistory.org