THE Nailsworth community is commemorating its war dead with a series of plaques around the town.

Blue plaques are being used to honour members of the armed forces involved in WWI, and olive green plaques for those from WWII.

The plaques will be installed near to where each of the people listed on the town’s war memorial lived before they went away to war.

Each name has been carefully researched by volunteer archivists in Nailsworth town archive centre, which now holds leather-bound files dedicated to every name on the memorial.

Nailsworth Town Council launched a fundraising appeal in July to fund the plaques.

A spokeswoman for the town council said: “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of residents.

“Since the appeal went out in July, we have received £1,100 towards the venture.”

Pupils at Nailsworth Primary School have been getting to know the servicemen behind the names on the town’s war memorial this term, in preparation for Remembrance Day.

Students from the school have been using the archives to get an insight into the lives of WWII soldiers, and see if they can fill in any missing information.

They have also made a map of the town with the WWII soldiers’ homes marked which will be on display at St George’s Church, Nailsworth for Remembrance Day.