This page is intended to explore the contribution Cheltonians made across the globe during the First World War and also to tell the stories of how the war affected the whole community of Cheltenham, leaving lasting changes to our society. Articles have been written by various contributors. We will be adding to this page over the next five years and welcome any information, photos or stories you would like to share with us about Cheltenham during WW1.
University of Gloucestershire journalism students have created a series of videos featuring different stories about Cheltenham and Cheltonians during the WW1. Visit our video gallery to watch these short films.
The First World War prompted the development of the aviation industry in Cheltenham and lead to the formation of the Royal Air Force in 1918. Learn more and watch a video created by the RAF Association.
The Gordon Boys' Brigade were formed in 1890 with the aim of bridging the gap between boys leaving school age 14, until they were old enough to be a wage earner. Hear the stories of the old boys who lost their lives in WW1.
Learn about the Cheltonians who served with the Navy during the First World War. Several Cheltonians lost their lives at sea and some sailors were retrained as soldiers and fought in the trenches as naval brigades.