Historian uncovers intimate stories of Redlands’ WWI heroes

EMMA McCLUNEY

 

Peter Ludlow is writing his 16th historical work to commemorate 100 years since WWI. Photo: Emma McCluney

Peter Ludlow is writing his 16th historical work to commemorate 100 years since WWI. Photo: Emma McCluney

As this year marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War, historical writer Peter Ludlow is digging up untold stories of the past.

In his latest book World War One Heroes of the Redlands, Mr Ludlow is determined to shed an intimate light on the diggers that fought for Australia.

“The idea is to try and put a story behind the names in honour of those that served in the First World War,” he said.

“They’re just names on memorial walls and plaques scattered around Cleveland at the moment, so I’m trying to put a little story behind each name.”

Mr Ludlow is encouraging anyone with information or relatives that fought in World War One, to speak up and be part of this historical work-in-progress.

“The thing I would like to do is to get family members who have old diaries, letters, and postcards from the soldiers of the First World War,” Mr Ludlow said.

“I’ve been given four years to finish it [his book] but, hopefully, by this time next year, I’ll have it done.”

World War One Heroes of the Redlands is being commissioned by the Redland City Council.

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