On Monday 14th November 2016, Broadway History Society will be hosting a talk by Steve Williams and Debbie Williamson on ‘The Lost Soldiers of the Somme: a Tolkien and Broadway Connection’ in Broadway Community Library, Leamington Road, Broadway WR12 7DZ, starting at 7pm.
J.R.R. Tolkien CBE, FRSL, aged 24, in 1916
Steve Williams, who writes under the name of Steve Ponty, and is the author of ‘Middle-Earth in Magic Mirror Maps… Of the Wilderland in Wales… Of the Shire in England’, has researched the part played by J.R.R. Tolkien, who served with the Lancashire Fusiliers in the Battle of the Somme during 1916, including the military details, stage by stage, and will discuss the impact of Tolkien’s writing of Mordor in ‘The Lord of the Rings’. Tolkien lost all four of his best friends during the First World War and remarkably a young Adolf Hitler was in the opposing trenches on the Western Front.
The loss of young lives is echoed in the experiences of Broadway, and Debbie Williamson will talk about the lives of six men from the village who lost their lives during the Battle of the Somme.
Non-members of the Broadway History Society are welcome to attend the meeting (£3 on the door). For information about joining the Society please visit www.broadwayhistorysociety.wordpress.com.
As part of the Worcestershire World War One Hundred programme The Somme Project is a countywide initiative for Worcestershire libraries to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. Lasting 141 days, from 1st July to the 18th November 1916, the Battle of the Somme affected most local families, not only in Worcestershire, but across the country.
Broadway Library, Leamington Road, Broadway, has prepared a display honouring Private 27819 Charles Hubert Keyte of the 3rd battalion Worcestershire Regiment. Charles Keyte was born in Broadway in 1891 and attended Broadway Council School before starting his own boot making and repairing business which eventually moved to The Busy Bee on the High Street. Charles married Lillian Slater in 1913 and they had two sons, Philip and Charles.
Charles voluntarily attested in 1915 under the Derby Scheme and was posted to the Western Front in April 1916. Charles served in the Battle of the Somme and was killed in action on 22nd August 1916. Charles is buried in Authuile Military Cemetery, France, and is commemorated on the Broadway War Memorial and Broadway Council School Memorial Board.
Remembered Today: Private Reginald Bertram Hill, 1st Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment, who was killed in action on the Western Front on 4th July 1915. Reginald, who was born in Broadway in 1894 and grew up at Bury End on the outskirts of the village. Reginald, an apprenticed as a baker after leaving Broadway Council School and enlisted with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in December 1914. Reginald is buried in Bard Cottage Cemetery, Belgium, and is commemorated on the war memorial in Broadway.
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).