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News from 2015

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  • Ernie 'The Worcester Wonder' - local Olympic athlete who went to War

    Ernest Payne born 23 December 1884 in Worcester won a gold medal at the 1908 Summer Olympics in London for Great Britain. Ernie put his riding skills to a different use during WWI serving as a dispatch rider with the Guards’ Division.

  • Rev Geoffrey Studdert Kennedy heads out to the Front

    Reverend Geoffrey Studdert-Kennedy, the vicar at St Paul’s in the city centre, sought a commission as a forces’ chaplain after the outbreak of war but had to wait until December 21, 1915 before being posted overseas.

  • Exhibition commemorating the birth and life of Vesta Tilley on display at Droitwich Library

    A commemorative exhibition of the life of Worcester born music hall star Vesta Tilley who played a major role in the recruitment of soldiers in World War One, makes it way to Droitwich Library from 1 – 31 December 2015.

  • Tea and Testimony

    Tea and Testimony

    16th November 2015

    Worcestershire Archive Service has a wealth of resources on hand to help uncover more about the extraordinary lives of many Worcestershire people.

  • World War One in the Vale Home Front Remembered

    Pershore community groups celebrate winning £20,000 from Heritage Lottery Fund and launch new First World War Home Front history project with cake and coffee.

  • Remembrance Exhibition Panels at new Cathedral Square

    A montage of images compiled by Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, the City Council and the University of Worcester has been unveiled in Remembrance Week on the hoardings around the new Cathedral Square

  • We will Remember

    We will Remember

    11th November 2015

    World War One Love Tokens, created by artist Kate Brookes, dropped in remembrance over the balcony at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum as part of the Worcestershire World War One Hundred project. Photograph by Chris Dobbs.

  • A wall of poppies, trails and exhibitions - Remembrance events and activities across Worcestershire

    Remembrance exhibitions, trails and family activities are taking place at venues across Worcestershire as part of the Worcestershire World War One Hundred project.

  • Sidney Thomas Gittins, born 1890 Astley Town Farm.

    Sidney joined the 2nd South Midland Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery, 48th Territorial Division No 746. He was the first to go from Wychbold. He became a Staff Sergeant, suffered trench fever, he was wounded and invalided out.

  • Drill Halls in Worcestershire

    Drill Halls in Worcestershire

    23rd October 2015

    Drill halls were built from 1860 for the local Rifle Volunteer Corps funded by public subscription or local benefactors. Pressed into work for WW1, the units required a secure armoury and place to train.