Video: New Coagh group focuses on World War One

A new group, focusing on the families of those from the Coagh area who served during World War 1, has been established.

‘Fallen and Survivors’ Tales (FAST) will host a series of lectures and exhibitions to help people understand the events pre and post-war. The eventual aim is to produce a book detailing not only those who gave their lives, but also those who returned home.

The Mitchell brothers from Coagh.

The Mitchell brothers from Coagh.

In the Coagh district, around 150 men and women volunteered and served during World War One. And of those 150, at least 51 men and one woman made the ultimate sacrifice. Their graves and memorials are situated in 11 different countries as far away as Tanzania.

The victims from all backgrounds are commemorated on the new War Memorial in Coagh.

There are many direct descendants living in the greater Coagh area who may be aware of their relatives’ roles in the war. FAST is appealing to those people to share their stories and memorabilia.

The first in the series of talks and exhibitions by the group takes place on Friday, March 28 at 7:30pm in Tamlaght Parish Hall and this talk, ‘Union Cruiser’ by Dr David Hume will tell the story of the 1914 gun-running in Ulster. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.