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Tell Them Of Us

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Tell Them of Us

The film Tell Them Of Us began as the story of one small Lincolnshire war memorial. Initially it was conceived of as a twenty minute drama documentary.

It focuses on the small village of Thimbleby in Lincolnshire, remarkable for its range of vernacular houses, Victorian village school and working water pump, all surrounding the village church.

Many World War One records have been lost and the names on the village memorial are unknown outside of their families. However, the family of one, Robert Crowder, had held his memory dear and had kept a remarkable archive of unpublished material. The family had erected a stained glass window in his memory and kept all his letters written home from the front line. His brother wrote his memoirs and sister-in-law had kept an autograph album through her years as a VAD nurse in the local hospital. Combined with photographs, family memories and artefacts, there was enough material for a full length film. Their family story came to represent so many of that generation who were torn from their ordinary lives and thrown into the hell of war. Robert Crowder was not famous; he was neither an officer nor a decorated hero, though he was undoubtedly incredibly brave. He was just a gardener and a country boy who played the organ in his village church and loved, and was loved by, his family.

This film tells the story from the point of view of those left behind.

This DVD is a limited special edition produced to accompany the Centenary Stitches exhibition at The National Archives. It includes both the film itself and "William's Story" a drama-documentary follow-up to Tell Them of Us, following the life of William Crowder and revealing what happened to him in the First World War.

It also includes Conversations With Knitters interviews with some of the knitters who worked on costume creation for the film itself.

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