Remembered Today: Private Reginald B. Hill 1st Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment

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.

 

Debbie Williamson
Broadway Remembers

 

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The People’s Collection – Worcestershire

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 worcestershireww100@gmail.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.

Broadway’s Somme 100 Commemorations

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.

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Battle of Jutland Centenary

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.

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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.

 

 

Debbie Williamson
Broadway Remembers

New Memorial to the Worcestershire Yeomanry – Trooper Frank Folkes

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).

Debbie Williamson
Broadway Remembers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remembered Today: Captain Archibald Robert Hewitt DSO

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

Austin House, Broadway, Worcestershire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debbie Williamson
Broadway Remembers

 

 

 

 

 

David Haycock ‘Artists in The Great War’

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.