World War memories sought by Hartlepool funeral service

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.
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A FUNERAL care service manager has re-issued a plea for people to contribute to a new war-themed exhibition.

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

He hoped 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.

Mr Hardy said while he has had some response from members of the public handing in photographs and memorabilia, specifically relating to Lynn Street, it would be great to get some more.

There is still time to contribute any old pictures involving the Co-op through this particular era.

Mr Hardy said: “We have had a response and some old photographs of the Co-op in Lynn Street.

“If anyone has family that worked for the Co-op down the years, it would be great if they got in touch with us.

“I want to know about the 1914-1918 period and what people did during the Great War.

“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.”

He said a lot of records were lost when the society went through a merger.

He is 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, in Stockton Road, in Hartlepool, on (01429) 274077.

The branch is one of a number of Co-operative Funeralcare services hosting First World War themed events this year.