The Evesham War Memorial on the slopes of Abbey Park between the River Avon and the Bell Tower, was unveiled and dedicated by the Vicar of Evesham at 3pm on Sunday 7th August 1921 following a parade of 500 ex-servicemen along the High Street to the park. Present at the ceremony was: The Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire, The Right Hon. The Earl of Coventry PC; The High Steward of Evesham, Commander B.M. Eyres Monsell RN, MP; Mrs Haynes-Rudge; The Lord Mayor, various town officials and over 5,000 people.
The war memorial, on a site given by the Rudge family (who once owned a large portion of the abbey estate) was designed by Mr H.E. Dicks. It is built of Cotswold stone with sculpture (a bronze figure of a soldier) by Henry Poole RA. The memorial has the date 1920 as the date of the end of the war inscribed on it. This is because the Worcestershire Regiment were sent out to Russia after the armistice where peace was not declared until 1920. The memorial was cleaned and refurbished by the Town Council with the help of the War Memorials Trust during the summer of 2014.
Amongst the men and women of both world wars commemorated on the memorial is Private 5767 William Harold Gabb who was the first soldier born in Broadway, Worcestershire, to die in the First World War. William, born in 1880, served with the 3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards and died on 7th November 1914 on the Western Front. William is also commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.
Private 19218 Richard Keyte Handy is also commemorated on the memorial. Richard was born in Broadway in 1883 and attended Broadway First School. He moved to Evesham, where he worked as a builder’s labourer, after his marriage to Sarah Ann Hartwell in 1905. Richard served with the Worcestershire Regiment and was posted to Gallipoli where he died on 4th November 1915. Richard is also commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey.
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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.
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.
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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.
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