Hailsham author David Dyer has volunteered to help with two national projects in connection with the centenary of the First World War.
He is getting involved in the Recording Remembrance scheme, and also with an initiative inspired by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Mr Dyer is eminently qualified having written three well-received books on the subject of the war locally.
Recording Remembrance aims to ensure there is a lasting register of all war memorials. The end product is a website available both to the public, to add extra photographs and information, and also to the Imperial War Museum.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has a service that can provide a photograph of almost any CWGC grave at cemeteries throughout the world.
Mr Dyer is helping with the British War Graves Project to offer a similar service with private graves and memorial inscriptions throughout the UK.
In the space of two years he published ‘The Heroes of Hailsham’, ‘The Heroes of Hellingly’ and ‘The East Dean and Friston War Memorial’ (produced for the East Dean and Friston Local History Group).
All three give a full history of the war memorials in the title and, more importantly, each details the personal lives and military service of all those named on the memorial from both world wars.
They have attracted wide interest because they contain previously unwritten local and social history.
Mr Dyer obtained his material through diligent research, through the families and descendants of those involved where possible, and he incudes many photographs of those who gave their lives during the two conflicts.
To date he has sold nearly 900 copies of the ‘Hailsham’ and ‘Hellingly’ books. The cover price includes a donation to Service charities – and most of the £1,000 raised so far has gone to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
His involvement with the national projects means Mr Dyer is sadly leaving Hailsham Rotary Club after being an enthusiastic member for more than eight years.
Copies of the books can be obtained at several local outlets and also direct from the author by visiting the website www.theheroesofhailsham.co.uk