Battlefield Crosses Project

A special event took place last week at Pittville School to celebrate the completion of a project to conserve and restore over 20 wooden WW1 battlefield crosses. The crosses had been subject to the elements for a number of years on display at the entrance to Cheltenham Cemetery. They have now been restored and preserved for future generations.

This project has been coordinated by the Cheltenham Civic Society and funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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John Chandler : Cheltenham’s Forgotten WW1 Inventor

The First World War sparked innovation in medicine and technology at a rate unseen in almost any other period of history.  The work of talented metalworker and inventor John Chandler is today largely forgotten but the legacies of his inventions live on.

John Edgar Chandler was born in Cheltenham in 1873. A new documentary film created by University of Gloucestershire students explores his contribution to the war effort.

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Remarkable Women of Cheltenham – Part 1

Extracts from Cheltenham in the Great War by Neela Mann (2016, The History Press)

“Cheltenham’s Prisoners of War and two remarkable ladies      

The large basement at Dumfries House, in Bayshill (now County House) became the source of a life line to 197 Prisoners of War (POWs) from Cheltenham.  The house was the home of Mrs Elphinstone Shaw, wife of an Indian Army Colonel and daughter and sister in law of Indian Army Generals.  Having been married in India, Mrs Shaw returned to Cheltenham in 1895 to join her sister and family. 

Mrs Shaw and the basement at Dumfries House
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HRH Princess Anne

Cheltenham Remembers Project Co-Ordinator Rebecca Sillence was introduced to a very special visitor at Cheltenham Racecourse this weekend. HRH Princess Anne paid a visit to the Gloucestershire and Racing Remember event at Cheltenham Racecourse, where she spoke with exhibitors and local historians about their projects to commemorate WW1.

Poignant Tribute

A poignant and moving tribute was paid to every individual named on Cheltenham War Memorial at the end of our special WW1 projection on November 11th. Original composition by Tim Mountain featuring the Cheltenham Ladies’ College choir.