George de Troetsel and family

A Belgian Refugee Family

August 25, 201512:29 pmAugust 25, 2015 12:33 pm

Belgian families fleeing the German invasion of their country began arriving in Britain very early in the war.  Communities around Shropshire met to make plans to help these refugees. On 11th September 1914 at a meeting of the Relief Fund in Much Wenlock, the gentry from Wenlock Abbey offered one of their houses in the […]



August 4, 20151:29 pm

When the armies of Europe went to war in August 1914 they did so in headgear of cloth or leather. Much as they would have done for the previous 50 years. Since I came upon a battered British First World War Brodie helmet (designed and patented by J L Brodie in 1915) in a disused-quarry-cum-rubbish-tip […]

D Coy, 4th KSLI Ironbridge.

D Coy, 4th KSLI leaving Ironbridge.

August 4, 201510:53 amAugust 4, 2015 11:04 am

At the outbreak of war the first soldiers to be mobilised were members of the Regulars – full time soldiers, and Special Reserve and Territorial Battalions made up of part time soldiers. This photograph shows D Company, 4th Battalion, Kings Shropshire Light Infantry which consisted of Territorials from the Ironbridge area. These men were mobilised on […]

History Makers at Pontesbury


August 3, 201512:45 pm

Local people were given a warm welcome at Pontesbury Public Hall by the History Makers team for an ‘Antiques Roadshow’ style event.  They brought with them all sort of things relating to the First World War – medals, photographs, trench crafts, postcards, sheet music even two WWI helmets and an ancient shell case! A  steady […]

Remembrance Field by Carl Jacock

Remembrance Field

August 3, 201512:06 pmAugust 10, 2015 11:46 am

‘Remembrance Field’ is a large scale photographic art installation presented in St Mary the Virgin Church, Shrewsbury. It was created by artist Carl Jaycock who has spent the last two years researching and developing the project. “I was initially inspired by the stories of some of the soldiers’ acts of bravery from WW1, I found […]

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