The Story of a Cheltenham Munitions Worker

This is the story of Ada Shadbolt, a Cheltenham munitions worker during the First World War.

Ada’s granddaughter Dawn explains:

“Ada (pictured in her munitions uniform) was born in 1887. She was my paternal grandmother and was in service in various places before the war. The only definite detail that I have so far is that she was the cook at Ham House, Charlton Kings in 1911.

We know she worked in Munitions at Quedgeley and I have her triangular On War Service badge with 1918 on it.  We also have this wonderful photo of her in her munitions uniform. We don’t know exactly when she worked here.”

(To read more about the munitions ‘filling factory’ at Quedgeley visit

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University Chapel Remembrance

Remembrance at the University Chapel (Francis Close Hall)

From 5th – 9th November the university will be remembering the former students of Cheltenham Training College and pupils of St. Paul’s Practising School who lost their lives in the First World War.

264 poppies are being crocheted by staff and alumni in remembrance of those who died – 96 for students from the college, and 168 for pupils from the school. Continue reading “University Chapel Remembrance”

A unique, breath-taking visual experience

Join us on Sunday 11 November, between 5pm and 8pm  at Cheltenham War Memorial, Promenade, Cheltenham

Our final commemoration event is a powerful, thought provoking and poignant projection of WW1 imagery and sound that will light up the Municipal Offices, marking 100 years since the signing of the Armistice Agreement. Please come along to the Promenade to experience this unique free 15 minute projection, which will be shown every half hour from 5pm until 8pm.

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