Centenary of the Imperial War Graves Commission

April 18, 20178:25 amApril 24, 2017 10:16 am

The 21st May 2017 will mark the Centenary of the Imperial War Graves Commission. Now the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) it was created by Royal Charter with the Prince of Wales as its first President. CWGC marks its Centenary with the launch of a series of projects aimed at promoting wider awareness of its […]


VC Metal

March 27, 20179:40 amMarch 27, 2017 10:32 am

Members of the WWI consortium group were treated to a rare view of the lump of metal used to make Victoria Cross medals. The metal is taken from the cascabels of two Russian cannons which were captured at Sevastopol during the Crimean War. Every Victoria Cross awarded since 1856 has been cut from this metal. The […]


Wilfred Owen Walk

February 6, 201711:30 amFebruary 6, 2017 11:33 am

The unpredictable January weather was kind and there was a great turnout for a guided walk about Wilfred Owen in Shrewsbury. The walk was part of a day of events organised by the Wilfred Owen Association and Friends of St Chad’s on an Owen theme. Focusing on events in his life during 1917, the walk, talks and […]


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. […]


Shropshire War Memorials and the Historic Environment Record

November 18, 20162:38 pmNovember 30, 2016 11:52 am

On 11th November 2016, volunteer John Haynes, together with Shropshire Council Historic Environment Record (HER) officer, Giles Carey, observed the two minutes of silence at the estate War Memorial erected on the Willey Estate by the 6th Baron Forester, in memory of the men of Barrow and Willey Parishes. A 3D model of the Willey […]


Eyewitness Project – an overview

October 24, 20163:20 pmOctober 24, 2016 3:22 pm

Over 100 young people have worked with MediaActive alongside, historians, media artists, journalists, archives and museums to uncover some of the ‘stories’ of the First World War. Looking at first hand accounts of WWI, including the work of war artists, poets and journalists, along with archive material, photographs, film, diaries, and letters from the frontline and […]


WWI at the Shropshire History Day

October 18, 201611:29 am

Local history enthusiasts flocked to the Shirehall to take part in the Shropshire History Day on Saturday. This event was jointly held between the Shropshire Remembers project and Shropshire Archives and comprised a series of talks and displays by over 20 local groups and organisations. The First World War was well represented with many local […]


The Long Way Home

October 18, 201610:04 amOctober 18, 2016 10:08 am

Jake Elcock is a film production student at The University of Westminster Film School and is in the early stages of producing a feature film set in the trenches of The Somme. He has shot a proof of concept film this summer at the Oswestry Trench Experience and aims to shoot the full film next […]


Was it Yesterday?

October 10, 20161:12 pmOctober 10, 2016 1:16 pm

Was It Yesterday? is a fictionalised account of experiences in the First World War by A. M. Bown, a well-known Shropshire farmer. He spent four years at the front as a subaltern in the Royal Artillery, being wounded twice, gassed once and winning the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry. His book was first published in 1928 […]


Old Salopians in the First World War

September 27, 20162:58 pm

Shrewsbury School is running a project which commemorates the lives of former staff and pupils who were killed during the First World War. Many of these Old Salopians were killed in the Somme and Ypres campaigns and this is reflected in the numbers buried in the Somme (around 60) and Arras (around 40) cemeteries with […]

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