Making the Memorial March

On November 10th more than 1,200 people will march through Cheltenham to represent the number of people listed on Cheltenham’s War Memorial. Each marcher will be given a name (and image if available) of an individual serviceman or woman to carry.

Whilst in principal this seems like a simple idea a huge amount of research and collaboration was required to create this event. Initially each of the 1,296 men and 1 woman listed on the war memorial needed to be identified and researched. (There were 1,290 original names, 1 added after unveiling in 1921 and 6 added in 2016 during the restoration phase) Continue reading “Making the Memorial March”

Rolling road closures – 10 November, 1-3pm

To say ‘Thank You’ to all the Cheltonians who gave so much and asked so little, this Saturday will see over 1,200 people join a route to represent 1278 named servicemen and servicewomen listed on the central war memorial and lost in the First World War.

The WW1 march will see rolling road closures from Sandford Park through to Montpellier Gardens on the 10 Nov from 1pm until 3pm.

Please expect 20 minute delays, College Road is expected to take a little longer.

Please plan your journey in advance.

The Story of a Cheltenham Munitions Worker

This is the story of Ada Shadbolt, a Cheltenham munitions worker during the First World War.

Ada’s granddaughter Dawn explains:

“Ada (pictured in her munitions uniform) was born in 1887. She was my paternal grandmother and was in service in various places before the war. The only definite detail that I have so far is that she was the cook at Ham House, Charlton Kings in 1911.

We know she worked in Munitions at Quedgeley and I have her triangular On War Service badge with 1918 on it.  We also have this wonderful photo of her in her munitions uniform. We don’t know exactly when she worked here.”

(To read more about the munitions ‘filling factory’ at Quedgeley visit

Continue reading “The Story of a Cheltenham Munitions Worker”

University Chapel Remembrance

Remembrance at the University Chapel (Francis Close Hall)

From 5th – 9th November the university will be remembering the former students of Cheltenham Training College and pupils of St. Paul’s Practising School who lost their lives in the First World War.

264 poppies are being crocheted by staff and alumni in remembrance of those who died – 96 for students from the college, and 168 for pupils from the school. Continue reading “University Chapel Remembrance”

A unique, breath-taking visual experience

Join us on Sunday 11 November, between 5pm and 8pm  at Cheltenham War Memorial, Promenade, Cheltenham

Our final commemoration event is a powerful, thought provoking and poignant projection of WW1 imagery and sound that will light up the Municipal Offices, marking 100 years since the signing of the Armistice Agreement. Please come along to the Promenade to experience this unique free 15 minute projection, which will be shown every half hour from 5pm until 8pm.

Continue reading “A unique, breath-taking visual experience”