MEMORY LANE: Peak District author to pen history book on High Peak during the Second World War

Keith Taylor with the book he published about the First World War casualties from the Buxton area.
Keith Taylor with the book he published about the First World War casualties from the Buxton area.
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The author behind a local history book focusing on the lives of residents of Buxton, Fairfield and neighbouring High Peak villages during the First World War is appealing to residents to assist him with his latest project.

In November, Keith Taylor published a book on the 340 High Peak servicemen who lost their lives during the Great War and whose names are commemorated on local memorials.

Buxton Advertiser archive, 1940, a road cut through very deep snow drifts at Combs

Buxton Advertiser archive, 1940, a road cut through very deep snow drifts at Combs

The book covered Buxton and surrounding areas including Burbage, Chelmorton, Harpur Hill, Peak Dale, King Sterndale and Wormhill.

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Now, the Matlock-based author is researching a companion book which will focus on service personnel from these areas, with the addition of Earl Sterndale and Taddington, who lost their lives during the Second World War.

“I plan to publish this book to honour these brave men,” Keith explained. “It would be helpful if any relatives or colleagues would be kind enough to take the trouble of contacting me so that I could go over the information I have already collected.

“Relatives may have further useful information, especially about their family background, while any photographs would be a bonus.

“The period I am dealing with stretches from the late 1920s to the end of the 1950s. Copies of photographs of activities and events in Buxton and the surrounding villages during this period would be much appreciated.”

Life on the Home Front will feature heavily, and Keith is particularly interested in information or photographs from the wartime years, including RAF operations at Harpur Hill, the Home Guard, evacuees, the ARP and POW camps.

He added: “At the end of the book, I wish to include a section of photographs showing servicemen and women who were residents and who thankfully survived the war. They went through the same dangers as those who died.”

Keith can be contacted on 01629 732 622 or 07790 575077, or by writing to Wensleydale, 4 Oker Road, South Darley, Matlock, DE4 2JQ.