Remembered Lives

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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Arthur Allwood. Shropshire RHA and KSLI 1912 – 1919

August 28, 20187:45 am

Arthur Allwood enlisted in the Territorial Shropshire Royal Horse Artillery on 3rd February 1912, shortly after his 18th birthday. He died in March 1993 aged 99 years. A former Wem Grammar School pupil [1905–08], he served in both World Wars and wrote many booklets and articles on military history and his family life. He farmed […]

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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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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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Wilfred Owen Remembered in 2018

October 15, 201710:06 pmSeptember 1, 2018 9:41 am

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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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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Leonard Cooke’s tour of duty

March 27, 201711:05 amMarch 27, 2017 11:08 am

It has often been remarked that many young men joined up seeking adventure as an escape from dull lives in crowded homes and the endless drudgery of many jobs, including those in agriculture. This certainly applied to Len Cooke of Grange Farm, Bicton. Len packed his bags and left the family farm at the age of […]

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A Family in Wartime

March 6, 201712:16 pmMarch 6, 2017 12:18 pm

While some families lost sons and husbands, as listed on many war memorials, many more were nevertheless affected in numerous other ways. The Davies Family, who came to the Isle estate in Bicton shortly before the war, illustrated this very well: In a way typical of many agricultural workers, their life involved many moves from […]

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The ‘Two Men’ – Masters from Shrewsbury School

October 3, 20163:06 pm

The first week of the Somme was the beginning of a terrible period of the war. Two Masters and good friends from Shrewsbury School, Malcolm White and Evelyn Southwell, were killed in the Battle of the Somme. Both joined the School in 1910; both were inspiring and inspired teachers, admired and respected by pupils and […]

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