THE country is gearing up to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War, which started on July 28, 1914.

Your News is planning to mark the occasion next summer with a look back at what it was like in the Chard, Ilminster and Crewkerne area at the time.

We’re looking for any old photos or memorabilia from that period and memories – either first-hand or passed down to family members.

Do you know of any stories of local people who took part in the awful conflict?

If you would like to contribute, send details to or call 01823-365104.