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Wilfred Owen Remembered in 2018

October 15, 201710:06 pmOctober 15, 2017 10:46 pm

Wilfred Owen 100 Shropshire-born poet and soldier Wilfred Owen is known throughout the World as one of the greatest World War I poets. He was born at Plas Wilmot near Oswestry in March 1893. His father Thomas worked on the railways and after spells at Birkenhead and Shrewsbury the family moved back to Shropshire’s county […]

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Up-grading of Shrewsbury War Memorial

August 11, 201711:17 amAugust 11, 2017 11:19 am

To mark the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, the Dept for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the advice of Historic England has up-graded Shrewsbury War Memorial, from Grade II to Grade II* Due to its scupltural, architectural and historic interest: as an eloquent witness to the tragic impact of world events on the […]

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Roll of Honour in Shropshire Libraries

July 25, 20179:34 am

Printed copies of the Shropshire Roll of Honour from the First World War have been donated to Shropshire libraries and Shropshire Archives. The revised and updated roll of honour has been co-ordinated by St Chad’s church Shrewsbury and compiled by Phillip Morris and Neil Evans. It lists all those who gave their lives during the […]

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French Mayor Invited to Launch of Wilfred Owen Commemorations in 2018

July 11, 20178:53 am

Next year sees the 100th anniversary of the death of Shropshire World War I poet Wilfred Owen, who was killed in action next to the canal at Ors in Northern France on the 4th November 1918 and is buried in the local cemetery. This week the Mayor of Ors, Jacky Duminy was handed an official […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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