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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Remembered Today: Pte 47558 John Sydney Cull, 15th Squadron Machine Gun Corps

John Sydney Cull, known as Jack, who is commemorated on the Broadway War Memorial was born in Badsey near Evesham, Worcestershire, on 2nd November 1890. Jack, the third son of Jack Ernest and Ruth Cull, was brought up in Badsey with his nine brothers and sisters and as a boy attended Badsey Infants School.

After leaving school Jack worked for his father in the family bakery at The Sumachs in the village. Following the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914 Jack tried to enlist but was rejected on medical grounds. He was finally accepted in October 1914 and he enlisted with the Queen’s Own Worcestershire Hussars. Jack subsequently trained as a gunner and was transferred to the 15th Squadron Machine Gun Corps following its formation in February 1916.  Shortly before he was posted with his squadron Jack married Maud Marion Richardson at the Parish Church of St Michaels’, Broadway on 5th February 1916 and the couple set up home in Broadway.

Jack served in Mesopotamia but died from influenza on 25th October 1918, a month before the war in Mesopotamia ended and he is commemorated on the Tehran Memorial, Iran (panel 5, column 1).  A memorial service was held for Jack at St James Church, Badsey, on 19th December 1918 and his name is engraved on his parents’ headstone in the churchyard.

Broadway Remembers Pte. Jack Cull, born 2nd November 1890, who died 95 years ago today on 25th October 1918.