War Memorials

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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Centenary of the Imperial War Graves Commission

April 18, 20178:25 amApril 24, 2017 10:16 am

The 21st May 2017 will mark the Centenary of the Imperial War Graves Commission. Now the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) it was created by Royal Charter with the Prince of Wales as its first President. CWGC marks its Centenary with the launch of a series of projects aimed at promoting wider awareness of its […]

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Memorial to Major C.A.L. Yate, V.C.

August 30, 201611:13 amAugust 30, 2016 11:34 am

On the 26th August 2016, Madeley Town Council held a dedication service for the commemorative stone to Major Yate, V.C. The memorial has been laid in the refurbished square on Russell Green along with the repositioned war memorial. Major Charles Allix Lavington Yate was one of the first soldiers to win the Victoria Cross. It was […]

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WW1 Memorials Remembered Review

July 19, 20169:05 amJuly 19, 2016 11:00 am

St Mary the Virgin Church Shrewsbury 10:00 – 16:00 until 13 August 2016 Carl Jaycock is a generous man. With his wife, Zareen, he has spent months tracking down and photographing some 200 war memorials in Shropshire. The art project (financed by Arts Council England) which has resulted now stands like a pyramid before the […]

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From the Baltic to Burwarton

January 19, 20169:34 amMarch 7, 2016 2:15 pm

Big Wood, Castle Covert, Ditton Enclosure, Old Lodge Coppice, The Moat, and Woolers Wood … what might have hauled the timber from these woods in Burwarton, Shropshire into the Front Line of the First World War? In 1913 90% of the nation’s timber requirements were imported. Why was wood a strategic material? It literally propped […]

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St George’s Memorial Church in Ypres

November 17, 201511:40 am

Soon after the Great War finished, Field Marshall French suggested the British build an Anglican church in Ypres to honour the soldiers and units of the British army who served on the Ypres Salient. He also wanted the building to act as a meeting place for visiting relatives who began coming out to see where […]

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“Old Bill” – The Shropshire Connection

September 8, 201511:17 amSeptember 22, 2015 2:07 pm

CRAVEN ARMS TAKES ‘OLD BILL’ TO ITS HEART A War Memorial nicknamed ‘Old Bill’ occupied a position on Shropshire’s front line, the A49, for 35 years. In 1956 he was forced to beat a retreat from the whizz bangs of the main road. His corner of the A49 and the Corvedale Road in Craven Arms […]

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Wilfred Owen: Tracks to the Trenches

July 14, 201511:18 amJuly 14, 2015 2:56 pm

Part Two: The Tracks THE LOCOMOTIVE DEPARTMENT MEMORIAL Shrewsbury Station’s own links to the First World War are equally moving. The most intimate, in that it is from their workmates, is located in the staircase of the Arriva offices. Although it is not normally accessible to the public, thanks to the untiring efforts of Philip […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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