Stories

Dawley Residents around the World

January 8, 20193:14 pm

  The letters compiled for the newsletter of the Brotherhood and Sisterhood of Dawley Baptist Chapel illustrate how much of an international war the First World War was. Inhabitants of this small town in Shropshire were posted across the globe and wrote back of their experiences. Pte W E Powell was a regular contributor, he served […]

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Dawley News

December 18, 20182:50 pm

  Shropshire Archives has a unique collection of newsletters that offer an insight into one small community’s response to the First World War. It was compiled by the Brotherhood and Sisterhood of Dawley Baptist Chapel as a means of sharing news from home with local men who were serving overseas. Today it would probably have […]

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Myddle War Memorial Project

November 27, 201812:17 pmNovember 27, 2018 12:25 pm

In 2014 a small group of people got together to raise funds for the refurbishment of the Myddle War Memorial. One of their first tasks was to establish who owned the memorial as the owner’s permission would be needed for the work to be done. Unfortunately, they found no evidence of ownership and so they […]

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Wilfred Owen in Scarborough

November 9, 201811:30 am

Courtesy of Roy Field, the retired Shropshire county librarian, I have received a copy of the Free Trail Guide ‘Walk in the Footsteps of Wilfred Owen in Scarborough’. Roy also took some photographs for this piece. After his discharge from Craiglockhart and a short spell of leave, Owen re-joined his unit (the 3/5th Bn the […]

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The War Diaries of Geoffrey Owen

October 9, 201812:53 pmOctober 9, 2018 12:56 pm

Geoffrey Dorsett Owen of Plasyn Grove, Dudleston Heath near Ellesmere was commissioned as Sub Lieutenant in His Majesty’s Fleet on 15 Feb 1912. He kept diaries from 1913 – 1920, which are now in the safekeeping of Shropshire Archives. The following are extracts from the diaries show the build up to war. On the outbreak […]

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Wilfred Owen and the Artists Rifles

October 9, 201810:39 am

  How did Wilfred Owen come to enlist in what Patrick Baty, the regiment’s historian, has described as ‘perhaps the most curious regiment in the British Army’? When the First World War broke out Owen was in Bordeaux. He was a private tutor teaching English and French at the Berlitz. Letter to his mother 10 […]

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Civil Life v Army Life

October 2, 20188:16 am

Many men who enlisted during the First World War must have experienced a culture shock when entering military life. No doubt some found it easier than others. Bombadier Thomas F Chard of the Cheshire Brigade Royal Field Artillery, one of the “Hanwood Boys”, committed his initial impressions to paper. Civil Life v Army Life ‘I feel […]

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A refugee story

September 18, 20187:23 am

In August 1914, as the German army advanced, and the Belgian army prepared a defensive line, 20 year old Marie Van Eylen escaped her small village near Louvain in Belgium. With her mother and stepfather, with only the belongings they could carry, she travelled to Antwerp, and from there to London. After a few weeks […]

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Hanwood’s Pulpit Memorial

September 4, 20181:18 pmSeptember 4, 2018 1:29 pm

Listed amongst the names on Hanwood’s War Memorial is Lieutenant Walter Atherton K.S.L.I. In addition, there is another touching memorial in Hanwood Church, the stone pulpit that was erected in his memory by his parents. Walter Atherton was only son of Mr Sam Atherton of Nobold, Shrewsbury. He got his commission in August 1914, and […]

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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 […]

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