Fracture, Qube Gallery, Oswestry

September 22, 20152:44 pmOctober 5, 2015 11:53 am

A new digital installation has opened in at Qube Gallery, Oswestry. Created by Justin Cliffe and Peter Jones, it celebrates the lives of Sir Robert Jones and Dame Agnes Hunt and their remarkable work in orthopaedics and rehabilitation. The intallation will run until the 9th November and will be available to tour next year. If […]

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The Opening of the Trench Experience

September 8, 20152:19 pm

The sun shone for the opening of the Trench Experience at Park Hall, Oswestry. The impressive network of trenches was formally opened by Lt Col Graham Shannon, Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment. It is a great achievement and demonstrates the astonishing effort which went into digging the thousands of miles […]

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“Old Bill” – The Shropshire Connection

September 8, 201511:17 amSeptember 22, 2015 2:07 pm

CRAVEN ARMS TAKES ‘OLD BILL’ TO ITS HEART A War Memorial nicknamed ‘Old Bill’ occupied a position on Shropshire’s front line, the A49, for 35 years. In 1956 he was forced to beat a retreat from the whizz bangs of the main road. His corner of the A49 and the Corvedale Road in Craven Arms […]

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GRIN AND BEAR IT – The Centenary of Old Bill

September 8, 201510:47 amSeptember 8, 2015 10:49 am

To the ordinary soldier, humour was as essential an armament as his rifle or his bayonet. It was a defensive weapon, vital to staving off the despair or descent to insanity … the logical reactions to the surrounding hellishness. Patrick Bishop Historian and author A HIGH EXPLOSIVE OF MIRTH On September 15th 1915 I should […]

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A German Sympathizer?

September 1, 20152:29 pmSeptember 1, 2015 2:32 pm

Suspicions of German spies abounded from the moment war was declared and many innocent people fell victim to accusations of being German sympathizers. In October 1914, Miss Lillian Tart, the headteacher at the National School in Dudleston, near Ellesmere was called to account. PC Pilsbury went to investigate gossip circulating in the village that she […]

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Training at Prees Heath Camp

September 1, 20159:33 amAugust 30, 2016 9:37 am

The following extracts are from letters written by Private 22219 Bert Oakes, KSLI, No 28 Hut 4th Camp, Prees Heath. He writes to his parents Edward and Eliza Oakes of 5 Barber Street, Broseley and describes the daily routine of military training and life in the camp, in 1916. “We get up at 6 o’clock, dress […]

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JOHN BULL’S BEER

September 1, 20158:57 amSeptember 8, 2015 8:35 am

The outbreak of war is always an excuse to introduce restrictions and control. During World War I, British beer was under attack on all fronts. An odd thing; it wasn’t the Germans who menaced John Bull’s foaming pint. It was sunk by Lloyd George our own war-time Prime Minister-to-be. Opening hours were limited to 11am till […]

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