WW1 Commemorations in Badsey, 6th – 14th September 2014

The Badsey Society are looking for First World War stories about the men and women from Badsey, Worcestershire. Articles, including photos and any other memorabilia, not exceeding 1,000 words, are requested to be submitted to Maureen Spinks (maureen.spinks-@-btopenworld.com) and will be included in the Festival of Churches exhibition to be held in September and then subsequently deposited in the Badsey Society Archive.

John Sydney Cull, known as Jack, who is commemorated on the Broadway War Memorial, was born in Badsey on 2nd November 1890 and was baptised at St James Church, Badsey on 25th January 1891. Jack was the third son of John and Ruth Cull who had married in Dudley in 1881. Jack enlisted with the Worcestershire Yeomanry (Queen’s Own Worcestershire Hussars) and shortly after he married Maud Richardson in Broadway in 1916 and he transferred to the Machine Gun Corps.

Jack served with the Mesopotamia Expeditionary Force and whilst in Mesopotamia died of influenza on 23rd October 1918, a month before the war in Mesopotamia ended. Jack was buried in Bijar Cemetery, Iran, and is commemorated on the Tehran Memorial. He is also commemorated on the stone memorial plaque inside St James Church.

Jack’s younger brother Edgar Cull served with the 1/8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment. Edgar was wounded in the head at Festubert on 24th June 1915. He later returned to France and in 1918 news was received that he had been taken prisoner and was imprisoned in Germany. Edgar was released from prison in early 1919 and he returned home to Badsey where he lived until his death in 1969.

Information about Jack and Edgar Cull extracted from ‘Broadway Remembers’ a not-for-profit publication published to coincide with the First World War Centenary led by IWM. All proceeds from the sale of Broadway Remembers will be donated to the Poppy Appeal. Broadway Remembers can be purchased from various outlets in Broadway or from Amazon. For further information please send an email to: warmem-@-broadwaymanor.co.uk.

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Kidderminster Arts Festival – Kidderminster’s WW1 Soldier Henry Harold Edwards (1886-1917)

Photo copyright Kidderminster Arts Festival

Photo copyright Kidderminster Arts Festival

The 2014 Kidderminster Arts Festival (www.kidderminsterartsfestival.org.uk) runs from 9th to 24th August 2014. This year’s Festival has a First World War theme and includes a temporary memorial to each of the 661 men from Kidderminster who lost their lives during WWI. Chalk outlines of each of the men have been drawn on the ground along Vicar Street in the town, each with a poppy representing his heart.

Henry Harold Edwards, known as Harry, was born in Kidderminster in 1886, the eldest son of Thomas, a carpet weaver, and Annie Edwards. After leaving school Harry joined the army and served for seven years before transferring to the reserve. Harry married Caroline Cropper in Cropthorne in 1913 and after their marriage, Harry and Caroline moved to Broadway where Harry worked as the village postman. Harry was an army reservist when war broke out in August 1914 and he joined the Worcestershire Regiment before later transferring to the Royal Engineers. Harry initially served on the Western Front but was posted to Mesopotamia with the Royal Engineers (3rd Indian Divisional Signal Company) and died, aged 30, on 25th March 1917. Harry is commemorated on the Basra Memorial in Iraq. He is also commemorated on the Kidderminster War Memorial and on the Broadway War Memorial.

Harry is one of 48 men commemorated on the Broadway War Memorial. Further information about Harry and his fellow men from Broadway commemorated on the memorial can be found in ‘Broadway Remembers’ (ISBN 978-0-9929891-0-1), a not-for-profit publication published to coincide with the global First World War Centenary commemorations led by IWM. Proceeds to the Poppy Appeal. Broadway Remembers is also available to purchase from various shops in Broadway or from Broadway Tourist Information Centre (tel. 01386 852937).