How our local postman became a BIG GUN.

March 26, 20154:59 pm

Joseph Alexander Morris, of Whettleton Hill near Craven Arms, is recorded as a postman in both the 1901 and 1911 censuses. He also appears on the Shrewsbury Postal District War Memorial and the Craven Arms war memorial at Stokesay, despite having survived the war. When members of the Craven Arms and District History Group traced […]


St Chad’s Great War Remembrance Service 18 March 2015

March 23, 20154:30 pm

Second Lieutenant Frank Harold Elwin, 3rd Bn. attd. 2nd Bn. Wiltshire Regiment. Killed in action 12 March 1915, aged 19. Remembered at Cockshutt and Shrewsbury School Second Lieutenant Guy Barnett, 5th Bn. attd. 1st Bn. Worcestershire Regiment. Killed in action 12 March 1915, aged 24. Remembered at Church Stretton. Private Joseph Williams, 6275, 1st Bn. […]


Extracts from the Shrewsbury Chronicle

March 16, 20152:32 pmMarch 16, 2015 2:39 pm

Public Notice. Defence of the Realm Act, 1914. Possession of Firearms, Ammunition, or Explosives. Residents of the County of Salop (other than Members of His Majesty’s Forces) who have in their possession any Firearms, Ammunition, or Explosives, are requested to kindly furnish particulars to the Superintendent of Police of the District in which they reside […]


Shropshire Anniversaries 11 March 2015

March 16, 20152:26 pm

Lives remembered at St Chad’s Great War Remembrance Service – 11 March 2015 Captain Henry Trelss Watson of the King’s (Liverpool Regiment) attached to the 2nd Battalion King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry died on the sixth of March. He is remembered on the Bitterley Memorial. Private Charles Jones, Regimental ID G/913, of The Buffs (East […]


News from the Shrewsbury Chronicle

March 9, 201512:15 pm

Friday, February 26, 1915 SOCKS for the Shropshires – Four parcels have been despatched from Wyle Cop Girls’ School, Shrewsbury, to the Shropshires at the front, and one girl received the following letter from one of the recipients: W coy, 2nd Shropshires. “Dear Little Friend – Thank you very much for the parcel which we […]


Great War Remembrance Service 18 February 2015

March 5, 20159:48 amMarch 5, 2015 9:53 am

Great War Remembrance Service a St Chad’s Church, Shrewsbury 18 February 2015 The men we remember on this day fought for their comrades and loved ones. Private Stephen John Bowen, Regimental ID 10285, of the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry was killed on the twelfth of Febuary. He is remembered at the Leebotwood memorial. Private Ernest Jones, […]


Post Office Memorial

February 19, 20154:16 pm

There are something over 100,000 war memorials in this country and around 300 memorials are dedicated to Post Office staff. One of the 75,000 post office employees who served in the First World War was my grandfather, Thomas Pybus, a telegraphist. He regaled me in the 1940s with exotic tales of Black Mamba snakes from […]


Jellicoe Specials On Shropshire’s Front Line

January 26, 20152:40 pm

“Coal is everything for us, and we want more of it to win victory.” David Lloyd George, Minister of Munitions, July 1915 Had you been standing on the Dana footbridge of Shrewsbury station on August 27th 1914, almost a year earlier, you would be forgiven for overlooking the strategic importance of the coal train which […]


The Christmas Truce

December 15, 20143:56 pmJanuary 22, 2015 10:02 am

  A letter within the collections at the Shropshire Regimental Museum holds testament to the remarkable truce which took place between opposing sides on Christmas Day, 1914. At the time it was officially denied but letters like these and eye witness accounts of men who were there prove otherwise. This letter was written on 28th […]


When did the First World War end? Part 1

December 4, 20149:10 amDecember 4, 2014 9:12 am

  When did the First World War end? Certainly not in that railway carriage in the Forest of Compiègne. There were still German troops in France. There were prisoners-of-war to exchange. The Armistice ended the fighting, but not the War. Before talking to the German government, the Allies would first have to agree amongst themselves […]

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