Remembered Lives

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 […]


Hal Simpson and the Friends Ambulance Unit in World War 1

April 4, 20161:58 pm

Alfred Henry Simpson known to all as Hal was born on the 14th June 1890, the son of Henry Simpson who was partner in the Horsehay Company Ltd. Like the Darbys, the Simpson family were members of the Society of Friends and, in late 1914 they faced a dilemma which divided the Society and initiated […]


A Scrap of Paper. Un Chiffon de Papier

November 17, 20159:35 am

When Gilles Jordan Joseph Verduijn went to war it was, as the German Chancellor sneered, ‘over a scrap of paper.’ When he was demobbed in 1919, his birth, service and medals are recorded on a remarkable document “Tribute from a Grateful Nation”. His granddaughter, Chrissie Verduyn [the spelling has been anglicised] lives in Clun. She […]


Great War Remembrance Service 8 April 2015

April 16, 20159:19 amApril 16, 2015 9:23 am

These men were remembered at the St Chad’s memorial service on the 8th April 2015. Driver Charles Jones, Regimental ID T4/070482, of the Army Service Corps died on the third of April. He is remembered on the Bridgnorth memorial. Private Walter Harold Overson, Regimental ID 27432, of the Royal Army Medical Corps died on the fourth […]


“The bravest sailor I ever met”

March 30, 201510:10 amMarch 30, 2015 10:13 am

Beneath the war memorial in Stanton Lacy churchyard [SO 495 788 off the B4365 northwest of Ludlow] is a very special plaque to one of Shropshire’s First World War VCs. “In honoured memory, Able Seaman William Charles Williams VC Royal Navy, who gained his country’s highest award for valour on 25th April 1915 at Gallipoli. […]


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 […]

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