Broadway War Memorial, 4th August 2014
At 2pm yesterday afternoon a crowd gathered at the war memorial, Broadway, for a service of remembrance and rededication of the war memorial. The names of the war dead were read out by David Folkes MBE, Chairman of the Broadway branch of The Royal British Legion, after which there was a 2 minutes’ silence and wreaths and remembrance crosses were laid around the memorial.
Broadway War Memorial, 4th August 2014 after the rededication service.
Josiah James Bayliss, known as James, was born in Pathlow near Wilmcote in 1882, the son of Josiah and Eliza Bayliss. James married Minnie Elizabeth Ann Mustoe in Stow-on-the-Wold in 1912 and they moved to Broadway. James enlisted with the Worcestershire Regiment and during the First World War was transferred to the Labour Corps. Whilst stationed at the Southern Labour Centre, Fovant, on Salisbury Plain, James caught influenza during the ‘Spanish’ flu pandemic and died, aged 36, on 2nd March 1919.
James’s coffin was transported back to Broadway and after a service at St Eadburgha’s Church on 8th March 1919 was buried in the churchyard. Pte James Bayliss is commemorated on the Broadway War Memorial.
At the end of February 1915, whilst stationed at Worcester, Private W.C. Bailey of the 2/8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment appealed via the Evesham Journal newspaper for funds to purchase a football for the Evesham lads in the battalion.
By the first post the following day, the Evesham Journal had received a cheque in the sum of 8s 6d from John Jacques Jnr of Broadway and a football was immediately purchased. A couple of days later, Pte Bailey wrote the following letter of thanks:
“I beg you to accept on behalf of the Evesham and district lads in the 2nd 8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment our most hearty thanks for the part you have played in helping us to get a football. The ball arrived tonight and my mates and myself are very pleased with it. I have written to Mr Jacques by this post to thank him for his kindness though I am afraid I did not it very well for I am a very poor one at letter writing.”
Mrs Lee of Evesham who was staying in Llandudno at the time, sent in a cheque for 10s which was returned by the Evesham Journal with a thank you note stating if they received a further request for a football they would at once contact her.
The 2/8th Battalion moved to Chelmsford in April 1915 and then on to Salisbury Plain in February 1916. The battalion arrived in France on 24th May 1916 and served on the Western Front during the First World War with the183rd Brigade, 61st (2nd South Midland) Division until 6th February 1918 when the battalion transferred to the 182nd Brigade.
Broadway Rifle Club was set up by Richard S. Peirse-Duncombe in March 1915. A reaction to the outbreak of the First World War, the club was formed to enable young men in the village to learn to shoot well enough so that if called upon to fight they would be capable of firing a service rifle.
The range was set up on land owned by Mr A. Flower. The butts were at Knapp Bank and the range extended across 2 fields in front of Pye Corner House. 10,000 rounds of ammunition and a large supply of scoring targets had been obtained and 4 firing platforms erected. Membership fees were 1s. per annum and the charge for 7 shots and sighter and a target at 25 yards 2d. at 50yds 21/2d and at 100yds 3d.
Richard Peirse-Duncombe was appointed President of the rifle club with Vice-Presidents; Messrs. William B. Alexander MB, W.S. Barrett, Henry G. Clegg, C.L. Duncombe, S. Flower, Theodore M. Lloyd (Chairman) and Henry Patten of Kite’s Nest Dairy. The Secretary of the club was Austin Read Williams of West End Farm and the Treasurer, Thomas Bayliss. Committee members included Messrs. Beale, J. Cotterell, H. Jones, William Lissaman, John Morris, Charles Steward, A. Stokes and A. Tredwell.
Membership of Broadway Rifle Club grew and shortly afterwards the club was taking part in competitions across Worcestershire.
10th October 2013