A PROJECT to research every name which appears on a World War One memorial in a Kendal church has reached its conclusion in the week the 100th anniversary of the end of the conflict is marked.

And the tireless dedication of Ken Tulley in attempting to document the backgrounds of all the 66 men whose names are present on the memorial at St George' Parish Church has proved a very rewarding exercise.

"I do a lot of work on family histories and that experience helped me, and I did a lot of research online and found some fascinating information," said Mr Tulley, who is an assistant warden at the church.

He began the project back in 2015 by simply making a list of the names present and working his way through the list using such resources as the Commonweath War Graves Commission's website.

And Mr Tulley's meticulous research not only uncovered the family histories of all but two of the names on the memorial, but he also unveiled a series of poignant stories including families who lost more than one son and one soldier who had not even reached the age of 18 before losing his life in the conflict.

He also noted almost all those killed were employed locally and would have been well known in Kendal.

"There were victims who worked in the shoe factories, on the railways, or who joined up straight from school," said Mr Tulley, who also discovered the landlords of the Masons Arms and the Eagle & Child public houses at that time both lost sons in the conflict, the names of each being present on the memorial.

Mr Tulley has completed a book detailing all his findings which he plans to place permanently next to the memorial, which stands inside the church.

And this is not quite the end of the story, as he said he intended to leave the book open with instructions for anyone discovering any further information about any of the soldiers to add this to the record.

The book can be viewed at the church on Castle Street and details of opening times are available from the parish office which is open most mornings.