£2m bid to immortalise brave Grimsby Chums
A PROJECT to immortalise the sacrifice of The Grimsby Chums in the First World War could become a four-year mission.
The organisers of the heritage project to research, document and teach the history of the First World War and Grimsby's role in it aim to attract a £2 million lottery grant.
They say the initiative could last four years, to pay full tribute to the sacrifices made by the Chums volunteers, who were massacred at The Battle Of The Somme.
A £48,000 grant has already been secured, as reported, to enable the group to spend the next 12 months gathering information and records of each chum
Second World War veteran Harry Drinkell attended the official launch of the project, which will later be taught in schools throughout North East Lincolnshire.
The 88-year-old, of Waddingham Place, New Waltham, said: "It was a slaughter. Many came out suffering from mustard gas and died later in life.
"What was the point? They were going over the top to go just a few hundred yards and constantly under machinegun fire."