Scorpions, Pythons, and Lionesses

August 31, 201810:51 amAugust 31, 2018 10:54 am

  As one of the informal group known as the Hanwood Boys, Sergeant Stafford Northcote of the King’s African Rifles Signals was a regular correspondent with Rev. Chitty of Hanwood. His letters give little information about the war but detail life in East Africa and his leisure activities. The following extracts also reveal British attitudes […]


Wilfred Owen’s Shrewsbury

August 31, 201810:03 amAugust 31, 2018 10:23 am

Meg Pybus: review of Wilfred Owen’s Shrewsbury; from the Severn to Poetry and War, by Helen McPhail A book to treasure to read and re-read. The cover deserves special mention. Helen’s title trumpets the long-overlooked association between Owen and Shrewsbury. A smiling Owen (so unusual in a military portrait) stand to attention, behind him is […]


Arthur Allwood. Shropshire RHA and KSLI 1912 – 1919

August 28, 20187:45 am

Arthur Allwood enlisted in the Territorial Shropshire Royal Horse Artillery on 3rd February 1912, shortly after his 18th birthday. He died in March 1993 aged 99 years. A former Wem Grammar School pupil [1905–08], he served in both World Wars and wrote many booklets and articles on military history and his family life. He farmed […]


White Feathers, Railways and Service Badges

August 14, 20189:26 am

It didn’t take long for Admiral Charles Penrose Fitzgerald to blot his copybook. In the month the War broke out, he founded the Order of the White Feather. The idea was based on traditional cock-fighting lore that a cockerel with a white feather in its tail was a coward. The Order encouraged women to give […]


Oswestry Launches Wilfred Owen Festival 2018 Brochure

August 13, 20184:13 pmAugust 13, 2018 4:14 pm

The town of Oswestry was the birthplace of Wilfred Owen and a host of events are planned there to remember the centenary of the poet’s death in World War I and the end of the war on Armistice Day on the 11th November. A new brochure listing all the events is available here. The Oswestry Wilfred […]


Updates to Wilfred Owen 100 Events

August 7, 20185:40 pm

Some amendments to the events listed in the printed Wilfred Owen 100 brochure have been advised as follows:- Pages 14 & 16 – 19th October – Salute WWI Jazz Concert – event cancelled Page 18 – 1st November – the Booka Bookshop event is now on 16th October – Click for details Page 18 – 2nd […]


Wilfred Owen 100 Launched at Shrewsbury Abbey

August 6, 201811:35 pmAugust 7, 2018 8:20 pm

On Saturday 4th August Wilfred Owen 100 in Shropshire was launched at a special event at Shrewsbury Abbey in the afternoon. BBC Midlands Today, BBC Radio Shropshire and the Shropshire Star covered the launch. Over the period up to the centenary of Armistice Day on 11th November there will be over 100 events taking place […]

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