Your County Needs You! Can you help commemorate the role Worcestershire played in the First World War?
The People’s Collection is the culmination of a four-year programme of events and activities, organised by Worcestershire Archives, part of the Worcestershire World War 100 project, commemorating the role Worcestershire played in World War One.
The organisers are looking for as many of your ancestors as possible to be represented – to display items belonging to them, or used by them, whether they were serving abroad or keeping the home fires of Worcestershire burning – be they letters, medals, uniform, photographs or anything else that relates to their war time experiences.
The project wants to tell their stories. They want to bring them to life, so that they can be remembered and cherished by those of us who owe our way of life to their sacrifices.
Donated items will be displayed as close to their home town as possible, in one of the participating venues during Spring/Summer 2018.
Please search through your drawers and attics and help create a long-lasting legacy of your ancestors’ role in changing the lives of so many.
Donations can be taken to the Worcestershire Soldier Gallery at the Museum and Art Gallery, Foregate Street, Worcester WR1 1DT, or contact the team directly for advice either by phone on 01905 766352, or by email at email@example.com.
Please note it may not be possible to display all donated items, but they will be held by Worcestershire Museums/Archives to be accessed by all.
This year marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, which began on July 1 1916 and lasted 141 days, resulting in over one million casualties on the Western Front and touching the lives of millions of familes at home.
On Thursday 30th June at 5.30pm, Vigil and service of Remembrance at St Michael and All Angels’ Church, Church Street, Broadway.
At 11am on Friday 1st July. Act of Remembrance at the war memorial, village green, Broadway.
As The National Museum of the Royal Navy opens a major exhibition to commemorate the largest naval battle in history, the Battle of Jutland: ‘36 Hours: Jutland 1916, The Battle That Won The War’, Broadway Remembers Yeoman of Signals William George Crump who served on HMS Marlborough during the infamous battle.
On 31st May and 1st June 1916, HMS Marlborough was engaged in the battle off the mainland of Denmark. The Marlborough was hit by a torpedo in the diesel engine room but was able to retaliate before being towed back into port. Two men were killed and two were injured. After the battle William Crump was transferred to HMS Revenge and he continued to serve with the Royal Navy until his death, aged 32, in March 1919.
Undated photograph of Marlborough (Wikipedia)
The exhibition at The National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth is the most comprehensive exhibition ever staged on the Battle of Jutland and highlights the major role of the Royal Navy in winning the First World War.
On 23rd April a new memorial to the Worcestershire Yeomanry, commemorating the Centenary of the Battles of Qatia and Oghratina, was unveiled in Cripplegate Park, Worcester. The new memorial was created by sculptor and mosaic artist Victoria Harrison.
The Battles of Qatia and Oghratina saw the loss of 9 officers and 101 other ranks including Trooper 2414 Francis ‘Frank’ Folkes of Broadway who was killed in action at Qatia on 23rd April 1916. Born in Broadway in 1889, Frank worked as a butcher’s apprentice before joining the Worcestershire Yeomanry following the outbreak of the First World War. Frank was initially declared as missing in action after the battle at Qatia east of the Suez Canal, on Easter Sunday 1916 and 9 months later was declared as killed in action that day.
Frank Folkes is commemorated on the Broadway War Memorial, the memorial board in Broadway First School where he was a pupil and on the Jerusalem Memorial. Fellow villager Sidney Halford served with Frank and was taken prisoner at Qatia. Sidney returned home to Broadway at the end of the war following his release from prison.
For more information about the memorial and the Worcestershire Yeomanry visit www.ww1worcestershire.co.uk. ‘Broadway Remembers’ ISBN 978-0-9929881-0-1 includes a biography and photo of Frank Folkes (1889-1916).
Second son of Archibald Robert Hewitt, 6th Viscount and Viscountess Lifford, of Austin House, Broadway and Hill House, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, Captain Archibald Hewitt DSO was killed in action, aged 32, on 25th April 1915.
Archibald served with the 1st Battalion East Surrey Regiment. He received his commission in 1902 and became lieutenant in 1904 and captain in 1910 and adjutant the following year. He was awarded the DSO in August 1914 at Le Cateau during the retreat of Mons for “moving out of the trenches during heavy shell fire, and bringing back men who were dribbling to the rear.” He was reported as wounded on 17th September but soon after returned to the firing line and was twice mentioned in despatches in October and November 2014.
Archibald is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (panel 34).
Austin House, Broadway, Worcestershire
On 13th June, during the 2016 Broadway Arts Festival, David Boyd Haycock will be giving a talk on ‘Artists in The Great War’.
David Haycock is the author of ‘A Crisis of Brilliance: Five Young British Artists and the Great War’ which was nominated in the “Best Non-Fiction Book” category at the 2010 Writers’ Guild of Great Britain Awards. Artists Sir Stanley Spencer RA (1891-1959), Paul Nash (1889-1946), Mark Gertler (1891-1939), C. Richard W. Nevinson (1889-1946) and Dora de Houghton Carrington (1893-1932) were five of the most exciting, influential and innovative 20th century British artists. From diverse backgrounds, they met at the Slade School of Art, London, in the years before the outbreak of the First World War, where they formed part of what their teacher Henry Tonks described as the school’s last ‘crisis of brilliance’.
David Haycock’s talk takes place in the Torrington Room at the Lygon Arms Hotel on 13th June 2016 starting at 7pm. Tickets are £10 and are available to book via www.broadwayartsfestival.com.
At the beginning of January 100 years ago a bill was enacted early in 1916 deeming all able bodied men of the right ages to have joined the armed forces.
The first Military Service Act came into force 100 years ago today on 2nd March 1916 and compelled ‘eligible’ men to join the armed forces. Initially it affected single men between the ages of 18 and 41 and a second Act in May 1916 extended liability for military service to married men. Eventually a third Act in 1918 extended the upper age limit to 51.
The Act included exemptions such as those for the medically unfit, certain classes of industrial workers and clergymen and it also included an exemption for reasons of conscience. Conscientious objectors refused to fight on religious or moral grounds, although the proportion of conscientious objectors to men in uniform was very small.
A new system of Military Service Tribunals was subsequently set up to hear the cases of men wishing to avoid service for a range of reasons and for those men who lived in Broadway their cases were held in Evesham and reports of the Tribunals were published in the Evesham Journal.