APPLETON-le-Moors History Group is taking part in the “Therebutnotthere” Project as part of the commemoration for the end of the First World War.

The village has five soldiers commemorated on its war memorial and during the writing of the group’s Appleton and the Great War in 2014, it was discovered that two soldiers had been missed off the roll of honour in Christ Church, and one soldier who died was missing from the war memorial.

Jim Hall, secretary of the history group, said: “We decided to not only buy six perspex ‘Therebutnotthere’ figures with name blocks, but also amend the roll of honour and the memorial.

“As each figure cost almost £60 we asked for sponsorship and as usual the village rallied round and the Moors Inn, the Milestone family, Christ Church, the history group and the village hall all bought a figure. The final one was purchased by individual contributions, topped up by the WI and the chapel.”

The history group financed the stone plaque for the memorial, sculpted by Jenifer Tetlow of Lastingham, and the calligraphy for the roll of honour was done by Betty Graves of Pickering.

Jim said: “Gill Humphreys, whose enthusiasm and dogged determination has made the memorial project possible, will sadly miss the village Armistice Service as she and her dad, Ken Cox, have been chosen to be part of the Nation’s Thank You public procession in London. Gill will lay a wreath at the Cenotaph in memory of the Appleton-le-Moors soldiers, and Ken will lay a wreath on behalf of the Cox and Humphreys families.”

There will be a Centenary Remembrance Day Service on Sunday, November 11, at 10.15am, at Christ Church in Appleton-le-Moors, when it is hoped that a small unveiling of both items will take place at the conclusion of the service.