On September 15th 1916 Arthur McCullock Inglis became the first person in history to lead tanks into battle. He is buried in Prestbury St Mary’s churchyard, where on 12th May 2019 they will be marking the centenary of his death. This is the story of how Arthur and his family are connected to the Cheltenham area…Continue reading “Arthur Inglis – The First Tank Commander”
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.Continue reading “Battlefield Crosses Project”
As part of Cheltenham Remembers and the project to repair and conserve the war memorial in the Promenade, a new interpretation panel was installed on a stone plinth as a lasting legacy.
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.Continue reading “John Chandler : Cheltenham’s Forgotten WW1 Inventor”
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.Continue reading “Remarkable Women of Cheltenham – Part 1”
Thanks so much to everyone who took part in the Cheltenham Remembers memorial march on the 10th November. University of Gloucestershire TV Production put together a short film which really captures the spirit of the event.
See how Cheltenham commemorated the WW1 Armistice Centenary on 10 and 11 November 2018 in this short film by Unit 1 Films. Thank you to everyone involved in all of the events, remembering those who lost their lives 100 years ago.
This short video by Evenlode Films shows some of the amazing scenes and crowd reactions to the spectacular projection of imagery and sound on to the Municipal Offices on the evening of the centenary of Armistice Day, Sunday 11 November 2018.
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.
To mark the centenary of the Armistice, Cheltenham Racecourse held a tribute to both horse and solider on Sunday 18th November, the final day of The November Meeting.