The Battle of Jutland

File:HMS Indefatigable (1909).jpgThe Battle of Jutland started 31 May 1916 and ended on 1 June 1916.  It’s considered to be the only major naval battle of World War 1.  The British Navy lost more men and ships, but the verdict was that the German Navy lost and was never in a position again to put to sea during the war.

6,094 British men were lost, including 12 Cheltonians who were on board HMS Lion, HMS Indefatigable (pictured), HMS Fortune, HMS Queen Mary, HMS Defense and HMS Invincible.

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Prestbury Remembers WW1

Read about some of the men listed on the Prestbury war memorial in this free Memorial Trail eBook by Rebecca Sillence. Prestbury lost more than 40 men during the First World War and many of them lived or worked in the Cheltenham area. This booklet guides you on a loop of the village where you will pass many of the houses where servicemen and their families lived. You can also read about life in the village for those left behind and the Racecourse VAD Hospital. Prestbury Remembers WW1

The Gordon’s Boy Brigade in WW1

The Gordon Boys’ Brigade was formed in 1890. Their Headquarters was in Liverpool Place, just off the High Street next to the Royal Hotel. The aim of the Brigade was to bridge the gap between boys leaving school aged about 14, until they were strong enough and old enough to be a wage earner, and placed as pupils in various trades, to become apprentices or work for the railway or the Post Office. Many of the old boys emigrated and had successful careers but sadly during the First World War fifty died. Local researcher Audrey Dingle has been researching their stories and you can now read a moving biography of each of each man.

Gordon Boys Brigade and WW1   By Audrey Dingle