Poems: part one

January 23, 20174:07 pmFebruary 13, 2017 12:21 pm

Below is a selection of poems, inspired by the First World War, written by Meg Pybus   COLUMNS The orderliness of it all Helmets All the same One in front of the other Leading ranks banked filing together   Advancing In three ranks Commanded Running Before falling Sprawling Today A universe Still, white graves, composed […]

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AN ARMY MARCHES ON ITS FEET

January 16, 20171:25 pmJanuary 16, 2017 1:46 pm

When the First World War began, the army was in the middle of field trials for an improved version of the Boots, ankle, General Service (BGS). They were designed to be hard-wearing and long-lasting rather than comfortable. They were worn with long puttees – rolled round the legs from the top of the ankle boot […]

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B5 Boots at Shropshire Regimental Museum

January 16, 20171:08 pmJanuary 16, 2017 1:12 pm

While preparing a piece about the British Expeditionary Force’s retreat from Mons, Keith Pybus turned to fellow member of the Shropshire Remembers Consortium, curator Christine Bernáth, for a pair of boots. She explained that few items of clothing or footwear had survived the rigours of the trenches and unfortunately there were none in the collection. […]

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Women Work on the Land

January 9, 20173:29 pmJanuary 9, 2017 4:19 pm

As more and more men were taken off the land to be sent to the Front, attention turned to women as possible agricultural labourers. As early as 1915 the Board of Agriculture considered this, but it was January 1917 before the  Women’s Land Army, was officially set up. In the Borough of Wenlock, things were […]

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