Paving stones are to be installed to mark the 100th anniversaries of Cheltenham’s First World War Victoria Cross heroes. Three men from the borough who received the award will have commemorative stones placed at the war memorial outside the Municipal Offices.
Richard Annesley West was born at 1 Oxford Street, Cheltenham on 26th September 1878. He was married to comedy actress Maude Aston (real name Cushing, aunt of the actor Peter Cushing) who he met in South Africa after joining the Army to serve in the Boer war. During WW1 West earned a number of medals for gallantry including a DSO and Military Cross. He became an acting major in the Tank Corps on January 18, 1918 and was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for his outstanding gallantry on August 21 and again on September 2, when he died on the battlefield. © IWM (detail of VC 1291)
Arthur Kilby was my maternal grandmother’s first cousin. Laura Herbert nee Kilby was also born in 1879 at East Hayes, Pitville Circus Road, Cheltenham. She was close to Arthur Kilby and had spent some of her childhood in the same household as he did. Capt Kilby gave my mother a copy of “At the back of the North Wind” by George MacDonald, and in the frontispiece she has pasted a copy of the newspaper cutting from 31 March 1916 with the details of his bravery for which Capt Kilby was awarded the VC. (Photo submitted by Franklyncards) Continue reading “Captain Arthur Forbes Gordon Kilby VC”
Captain Anketell Moutray Read was born in Beaumont House, 56 Shurdington Road, Leckhampton on the 27th October,1884. He rejoined the Northampton Regiment and was shipped to France in 1914. He was killed on the opening day of the battle of Loos, 25th September, 1915, and was subsequently awarded a posthumous VC.
An audio visual presentation was created for Cheltenham Borough Council by Cheltenham Camera Club to commemorate World War One with images from Cheltenham, Annecy, Goettingen and Cheltenham, Pennsylvania. Delegations from Goettingen and Annecy attended the launch of the film, and also a centenary concert at the town hall.
This Article first appeared in Our Town the newsletter of Cheltenham Civic Society by Freddie Gick
Visitors to Bouncers Lane cemetery pass close by a group of modest crosses just inside the entrance. You may not even have noticed them. But they are a powerful reminder of the town’s sacrifices in the First World War. Continue reading “Cheltenham’s Wooden Trench Crosses”
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Cheltenham Remembers project team Rebecca Sillence, Louise Forey and Jane Stovell at the website launch with University of Gloucestershire student Zoe Smith who designed our new website for her media production course.