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 will be giving a talk about her book ‘Broadway Remembers’ at the February meeting of the Childswickham WI, Wednesday 4th February 2015. The meeting will start at 7pm in Childswickham Memorial Hall, Atkinson Street, Childswickham near Broadway, Worcestershire. Visitors welcome (£4 on the door).
Raising money for the Poppy Appeal, a history of the Broadway War Memorial and the 48 men commemorated on the war memorial who lost their lives in the First World War has now been published.
Proceeds to the Poppy Appeal
In the spring of 1911, the population of Broadway, measured by the 1911 census was 1,793. Three years later, on 4th August 1914, Great Britain declared war on Germany and by the end of September 1914, 13 men from Broadway had enlisted to fight for their country. By 1918 over 300 men from the village were serving across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Broadway Remembers is a not-for-profit publication to coincide with the global First World War Centenary commemorations led by IWM. Proceeds to The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.
For more information email: warmem-@-broadwaymanor.co.uk.
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.