A battalion of soldiers and their enormous snowman

 

In 2016, the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, we will look at the First World War in relation to the various battle fronts around the world.

We want to tell the story of conscription in Stroud whilst also looking at the stories of individuals from the Stroud District and the theatres in which they fought.

The first story to be told was that of Private JT Garner of the Gloucestershire Regiment - his story was on show at the Museum throughout January. In February we featured the the Mansell and Rogers families.

March's display told the story of BJ Wyatt - a Bristol man who fought with the Royal Artillery. He reitred to Stroud in later life and became the caretaker of the School of Science and Art - where the Museum was originally based - in the 1950s.

In April and May the Museum hosted the second phase of our on-going collaboration with artist Sue Brown - this time she looked at the tragic tale of Stroud's own World War 1 era Romeo and Juliet - Dorothy Beard and Archibald Knee. You can find out more about Sue's project which is funded by Arts Council England here.

June featured the stories of our unknown soldiers - men who were represented in the Museum collections but who had no known stories.

For July we looked at the stories of Privates Burroughs, Brown and Barnfield with support from our friends and colleagues in Remembering Rodborough and Minchinhampton History Group.

In August we explored a pictorial history of the war through the postcard collection put together by Private Ted West of Painswick.

In September we will take a closer look at William Carter and AV Kirby.

We hope to look specifically at the stories of John Paul Fitzhardinge Butler VC of Berkeley, and Eugene Paul Bennett VC of Cainscross during the October - November period.

We want to work with local history societies and other interested parties to tell the stories of the men of Stroud and their war - if you would like to contribute in some way please contact us

Did you know?

The total number of military and civilian casualties in World War One was over 37million

 

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