The wounded soldiers’ best friend and the Shropshire Mosses

May 29, 20189:10 am

Straddling the border, near Whitchurch in Shropshire and Wrexham in Wales, lies one of the biggest and best raised bogs in Britain. Fenn’s, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses were to play a key part in the First World War. Some 1.7m soldiers from the UK were wounded in the course of the First World War. When […]

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Shropshire’s First World War Film Festival

May 23, 20183:09 pmSeptember 12, 2018 8:00 am

SHROPSHIRE’S FIRST WORLD WAR FILM FESTIVAL Classic and new films at venues around the County. Now starting on 8th October. Image above: Still from ‘The Long Way Home’, screening on 8th November.  8th October to 23rd November 2018 Tickets are now on sale for many films. See film listings for details of how to book. […]

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A Gallant Soldier

May 22, 20183:26 pmMay 29, 2018 8:38 am

The First World War conspired for men to produce many heroic deeds but it was intriguing to read what prompted such hyperbole in the Wellington Journal, in October 1918. The article goes on to explain that he gave one and a quarter pints of blood. This gallant soldier, who stands over six feet, is of […]

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Barbed wire in the First World War and in the Shropshire Hills today.

May 15, 20189:25 amMay 22, 2018 10:41 am

Who would have guessed that barbed wire would prove the inspiration for Shropshire’s own war poet Wilfred Owen? At the opening of Exposure he draws upon those years walking from their home in Cherry Orchard, Shrewsbury along the Severn. Exposure Our brains ache, in the merciless iced east winds that knive us . . . Wearied we keep […]

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