VC Paving Stone

A commemorative stone was laid on Sunday 2nd September at Cheltenham War Memorial to commemorate Lt Col Richard Annesley West (VC). The ceremony was attended by members of his family (from as far afield as Australia) and representatives from the Royal Tank Regiment, North Irish Horse and the Royal British Legion. The paving stone was unveiled by the Mayor of Cheltenham (Bernard Fisher) and there was a large civic presence including the Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire (Dame Janet Trotter). A summary of the event written by Cllr Paul McCloskey can be read here.

Queen Street

Queen Street was possibly Cheltenham’s most unfortunate street during the First World War. The community lost a significant number of men varying in age from just 17 to 49.

A new roll of honour for Queen Street has been compiled by local researchers Steve Lewis and David Drinkwater.

To learn more about the impact WW1 had on the community of St Peter’s & The Moors visit our new exhibition (created by SPTM Big Local) which opens at the Hardwick Gallery, St Paul’s Road on 28th August.


Battle of Flowers…

In August 1916 a ‘Battle of Flowers‘ was held to raise money for British Prisoners of War.

August 2018 – The planters and borders around the War Memorial have been replanted with a striking red colour scheme. You can also see an installation featuring letter press posters created by the Holst Birthplace Museum bearing the names of 3 of the 25 Cheltonians who died in Salonika during WW1. Other posters can be seen at venues around the town.

Wooden battlefield crosses to be saved

Today, Cheltenham Civic Society has received a National Lottery grant of £9800 for a First World War memorials project in Cheltenham. Awarded through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s First World War then and now programme, the project will focus on conserving 23 wooden battlefield crosses currently located in Bouncers Lane Cemetery.

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Life in Prestbury during WW1

Click here  to view the slideshow exhibited at this year’s Prestbury Village WW1 Fete. Learn more about how the village was affected by the war both on the ‘front lines’ and the home front. (Unfortunately we don’t have permission to add the soundtrack and animations to the internet, but there will be another opportunity to view the film at the Gloucestershire & Racing Remembers event in November 2018). Research and presentation by Rebecca Sillence.

WW1 Letterpress Workshop

This week local residents and school pupils took part in letterpress workshops at the Univeristy of Gloucestershire, led by Andy Kinnear. Letterpress posters based on headlines found in ‘The Balkan News’ were created as part of the Holst Birthplace Museum’s WW1 programme. The posters will be on display in North Place car park from Wednesday 18th July.