Remembered Lives

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Caleb Halfpenny of the Grenadier Guards

April 19, 20163:07 pm

Guardsman Caleb Halfpenny of All Stretton died 26 October 1914 in Belgium, aged 25. Caleb Halfpenny was born in April 1889 in All Stretton. His family lived at The Overs in Batch valley. His mother was Mary Ann Halfpenny nee Huson, a member of the large Huson family living in the village. There is no […]


Captain Brian Hanbury Sparrow killed in the Baku campaign

April 12, 201611:05 am

Captain Brian Hanbury-Sparrow of Hillside, All Stretton, died 26 August 1918 in Baku, aged 21. Brian Hanbury-Sparrow was born in 1896 in Tettenhall in Staffordshire, the younger son of Alan and Christina Hanbury Sparrow.  Brian’s father, by then a retired solicitor, built Hillside, the impressive Edwardian Villa which stands above the road from All Stretton […]


Gunner Edward Lewis of All Stretton

April 12, 201610:55 am

Gunner [Thomas] Edward Lewis of All Stretton, died 8 October 1918 in France, aged 24. Edward Lewis was born on 24 January 1894, the son of Edward and Rosa Hannah Lewis, the third in a family of 9 children born between 1890 and 1910. Edward gave his birth place as Shifnal on his enlistment papers […]

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