Robin Hardy puts out call for WW1 memories

Robin Hardy of the Co-operative Funeral Service is calling for Hartlepool folk to come forward with ny information they may have on the role the Co-op played in the first world war.
Robin Hardy of the Co-operative Funeral Service is calling for Hartlepool folk to come forward with ny information they may have on the role the Co-op played in the first world war.

MEMORIES of a society’s role in the First World War are wanted for a new exhibition.

The Co-operative Funeral Care organisation has appealed for help through its town funeral service manager Robin Hardy.

Robin Hardy of the Co-operative Funeral Service is calling for Hartlepool folk to come forward with ny information they may have on the role the Co-op played in the first world war.

Robin Hardy of the Co-operative Funeral Service is calling for Hartlepool folk to come forward with ny information they may have on the role the Co-op played in the first world war.

He hopes to display photographs and stories about the Hartlepool Co-operative Society from the 1914 era – the date of the outbreak of the First World War and of the Bombardment of Hartlepool.

And his plans are to launch it this December to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the blackest day in Hartlepool’s history.

“I want to know about the 1914-1918 period and what people did during the Great War,” said Mr Hardy. “The Co-op covered the whole town. We had creameries and pharmacies we had the funeral service and the food stores.

“And there was the big central stores in Hartlepool.”

Robin Hardy of the Co-operative Funeral Service is calling for Hartlepool folk to come forward with ny information they may have on the role the Co-op played in the first world war.

Robin Hardy of the Co-operative Funeral Service is calling for Hartlepool folk to come forward with ny information they may have on the role the Co-op played in the first world war.

He said a lot of records were lost when the society went through a merger. He’s hoping the people of Hartlepool can help.

Mr Hardy said: “I imagine there would be a lot of local families who had people working for the Co-op, such as parents and grandparents.”

He urged anyone with information to call him at the Co-operative Funeral Care organisation, based at Strathmore House, on (01429) 274077.