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The War Diary of Percy Micklewright

July 17, 20183:20 pmJuly 17, 2018 3:27 pm

Percy William Micklewright was born in Myddle on 25 September 1890. He joined up, along with his younger brother Dick, and both men left for the Western Front in December 1915* as members of the Royal Army Medical Corps. The brothers were able to be together throughout the war, which must have been a great […]

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Shrewsbury’s Flying Ace Geoffrey Hornblower Cock MC

June 12, 20181:43 pmJune 19, 2018 10:31 am

The family were tanners in Kingsland, Shrewsbury. Adeline and James Cock had three daughters and two sons spread over seventeen years. They were affluent with four female servants; cook, kitchen-maid, parlour-maid and housemaid. When they named the last child, a son, had they anticipated that he would have to live up to that name? Geoffrey […]

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Katherine Harley

June 5, 20181:50 pmJune 5, 2018 1:57 pm

“Wiry and energetic with a well-chiselled nose, pale piercing eyes, slight and graceful and a love for everything militaire.” Katherine ‘Katie’ Mary Harley, nee French, sister of Sir John French, leader of the British army at the outbreak of World War 1 and of Charlotte Despard, was born on May 3rd 1855 less than three months after the […]

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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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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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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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The Golden Boy Major Cuthbert Everard Brisley

August 11, 20179:07 amAugust 14, 2017 2:11 pm

In the town cemetery in Market Drayton there is a civilian grave to a man who died towards the end of the First World War. He is buried here as he met his death in the skies over the town. Cuthbert Everard Brisley was born into the officer class. At public school, Lancing College, he […]

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Shropshire’s Hospitality to Refugees

April 24, 20179:53 amJuly 18, 2017 11:31 am

The biggest single influx of refugees in the history of this country was the product of the opening months of the First World War, as Belgian refugees fled their own country (95% occupied by the German armies) via the Channel ports to Britain. For the volunteers scouring contemporary accounts in local newspapers and the resources […]

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