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Welcome to Cirencester

Archaeological &

Historical Society

We are always happy to see new members. Do browse our site to see what we do. While our main activity is our meetings, we have other interests, such as our projects and the publishing of short articles in our Newsletters or even on line. News items will usually be on this page, though more may be found on our facebook page.

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Abbey Grounds survey WW1 play (left) Next Meeting Old Memorial Hospital (new information)

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KYPWest WGS 1837-1910 Volunteers wanted! GA Newsletter (see left) WW1 Timeline

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Data Privacy Policy WW1 in Norfolk Newsletter 63 Gloucestershire History Reports
© Cirencester Archaeological & Historical Society & Contributors 2016-8 Registered Charity no. 287289
Cirencester Archaeological & Historical Society Museums to visit Museums to visit
As the Lego season has drawn to a close we feature the CAHS team that volunteered to help visitors every Wednesday during the building of the Abbey. Thank you all very much. See the Abbey900  page for who’s who and much more. June Summer Meeting for GLHA This meeting is now fully booked. Committee vacancies. We are looking for a new minutes secretary, and more general committee members. Do please consider helping the committee or persuading someone else! Our 2018 Season continued on Wednesday 11th April when a packed meeting heard Chris Bigg describing the history of Rolls- Royce aero engines, illustrated with many pictures, including contemporary adverts. This was a joint meeting with Ciren Science & Technology Society. Our next meeting is on 23rd May . Our AGM will be followed by a talk and songs discovered locally More> The Heritage Hub as the County Archive now likes to be known has issued its spring Newsletter. Cirencester Town council has published the Report on the Abbey Grounds survey conducted late last year as part of the Abbey 900 celebrations. With the centenary of the Armistice coming up, we have been approached for information for a play to be professionally presented at the Barn Theatre. Our website is helping, but if you have family stories from Cirencester or involving people from Cirencester, get in touch [use the email button on the right] and we will put you in touch with the writers. Read more> The Old Ciren Facebook Page has alerted us to the Digitised historical copies of the Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard, made by British Newspaper Archives . There are some gaps but by mid September 2017 the issues from 1837 to 1910 had been uploaded. It will no doubt require a subscription to study in detail, but a free page is displayed each day. Microfiche copies of all issues of the Standard are available in Cirencester library. KnowYourPlaceWest now has mapping for Wilts, Gloucestershire and Somerset. Maps from about 1840 to date can be compared, and, after moderation, you can add historical information. Do watch the video to see how to use it! Have fun! (December- tithe maps added where they exist) Gloucestershire Archaeology’s Newsletter is now on-line

 A Century Ago...

1918 March 21/June 6 - German Spring Offensives 1918 ERNEST GILLMAN - Private died on 4 April 1918. He was 24 and had served in 10/Glosters but in February this under- strength battalion had been amalgamated into 13th Entrenching Battalion. ERNEST was the second son of Mary Ann of 132 Gloucester Street to be lost and is commemorated in Cirencester Cemetery with his older brother FRANK; CECIL OSCAR TANNER, Private, D Company 9/Rifle Brigade, was killed in action on the same day. His mother lived at 81 Cricklade Street. 1918 April 11 - Field Marshal Haig issued his “Backs to Wall” Order in face of continuing German advance FRANCIS JOSEPH CURRAN - Motor Mechanic, MB Reserve RNVR was lost at sea off Dunkirk on 12 April 1918 in HMCB 33A, probably in mine-clearance work. His parents Alfred and Elizabeth of 105 Dyer Street had lost an older son ERNEST the previous July.   ALBERT EDWARD HALL - Corporal 2/Worcesters, died of wounds on 14 April aged 28. He was son of Ernest and Ann of 80 Chester Street; JOHN TALBOT RICE also died of wounds that day, a Captain of 5th Royal Irish Lancers with the Military Cross and French Croix de Guerre whose parents lived in Moreton-in- Marsh. Cavalry was used for reconnaissance in the fast- moving emergency; LESLIE SMITH - Private C Company 5/Glosters, died on the same day and is buried in Marseilles. Born in Cirencester and an early member of the 5/Glosters band, he was probably being evacuated by hospital train from Italy. Three Glosters battalions were part of a force sent to assist our Italian allies after the Central Powers overwhelmed them at Caporetto in October-November 1917. HAROLD WILLIAM NEWMAN - Corporal 9/Norfolks was killed on 15 April in the area of Bailluel, a town completely destroyed in the fighting. HAROLD was 24, son of Andrew and Ellen Mary of  27 Chester Street. TOM MOURBY - Private 1/5 Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry was killed in action around Bethune on 17 April, aged 19. He was son of Thomas and Clara of 1 Beech View, Victoria Road; WALTER JAMES - Private 2/5 Glosters was killed in the same action. He was 28 and left a wife, Myra, at Brimscombe. WALTER was born in Cirencester; a younger brother, ALBERT, had been killed early in 1915, and FRANK, an old soldier, was with a Home Service battalion - men unfit for overseas service. EDWARD BERRY - Private 1/Wiltshires was the 18 year-old the son of William and Ellen of 157 Gloucester Street. His battalion was in Divisional rest around Poperinghe when the Germans drove the French defenders off Mont Kemmel, a crucial observation point. EDWARD’s Division was hurried forward and counter-attacked during the night 25/26 April 1918, when he was killed in action; BERTRAM HIBBERT died of wounds on 26 April. He was 19 and his parents Thomas and Ellen lived in Cirencester where BERTRAM had attended the Grammar School. He was a Private in 14/London, the “London Scottish” SAM LUKER - Private in the Glosters, husband of Emily Rhoda of 47 Castle Street, aged 41, died on 2 May 1918 and is buried in Cirencester Cemetery. FREDERICK JOHN WILKINSON - Private 13/Welsh, died on 4 May aged 19. Joe’s parents Ben and Ellen lived at VWH Kennels. ALBERT BERRY - Lance Corporal 1/Glosters, died on 15 May 1918 and is buried in Cirencester Cemetery. William and Ellen Berry had lost two sons in less than a month. Charles and Mary Gibbons, whose son Charles is buried close by, had suffered the same disaster in 1916. WILFRED HENRY RIDDLER was a Corporal in 1st Life Guards, the Household Cavalry. He had enlisted in October 1915 and had served on ceremonial duties at Knightsbridge Barracks and Windsor before going overseas with the Household Battalion. He was killed aged 20 in a bombing raid on Etaples on 19 May 1918. ARTHUR JOHN CHAMBERLAIN - Private 1/Wiltshires, 25th Division. This exhausted Division was transferred to a “quiet” section of the front under French command, only to be over-run by a shock German offensive beginning on 27 May 1918 when Jack was killed in action aged 18; WILLIAM POULSON PAISH - Corporal of 5/Northumberland Fusiliers was killed in the same action, and HAROLD REGINALD PACE - Private 717 Motor Transport Company, Army Service Corps, died of wounds. HAROLD was age 36 and his widowed mother Mary Ann lived at 41 Chester Road. FRANCIS JAMES NEVILLE DICKS - 2nd Lieutenant in 2/8 Worcesters also died of wounds on 27 May. He was son of Mr and Mrs Ernest A Dicks, Buckingham Lawn Wellington Street, Cheltenham, aged 21. On the same day the transport Leasowe Castle was torpedoed in the Mediterranean and 93 officers and men of Warwickshire Yeomanry were lost, amongst them Private WILLIAM BROTHERIDGE.

Timeline written by Dale Hjort

More about some of these men can be found in our WW1 biography section.   Do follow the Timeline in the Parish Church for what else went on a Century ago. It too changes monthly.
Page last updated 21 May 2018
VCH January 2018 Newsletter includes information on the upcoming Cirencester Volume. Much about Cirencester is on the VCH website in draft form. Read it now. It will not be there for free when the volume is published!

Volunteers wanted

1. We are  looking for volunteers to help set up for lectures, [onsite training available]. 2. With our AGM coming up in May, now is the time to consider if you would like to join our committee. We are looking for a minutes secretary in particular, and others to assist generally. The committee only meets as needed a few times a year. If you do not think you have the time yourself, do think of nominating someone else - with their permission of course!

Navigating our site

Not all pages are immediately apparent from the links at the top. The Great War  biographies, covering very many pages, have internal links. and the articles reprinted from our past publications are linked from the relevant Newsletter page. There is a facility to browse these at random at the bottom of most articles.
Links… Links…
The old Memorial Hospital on Sheep Street (used within the last 30 years) used to hold the Bannatyne memorial staircase. It has recently been carefully removed and sent to relatives in Ireland, making way for the refurbushment of the car park. Cotswold Archaeology has written a number of studies for CDC that are worth reading. See the downloads for the Parking Project.  Click the picture  above to read David Viner’s notes on the Hospital and the Staircase. The building across Sheep Street, called the Memorial Hospital Annex, is still in NHS use. It has the Great War memorial panels on its side. We have an article  about this building.
A Cotswold Garland - Martin Graebe
Wednesday 23 May 7.30 Ashcroft Centre, Ashcroft Road, Cirencester.

Welcome to Cirencester Archaeological & Historical

Society

We are always happy to see new members. Do browse our site to see what we do. While our main activity is our meetings, we have other interests, such as our projects and the publishing of short articles in our Newsletters or even on line. News items will usually be on this page.

On this page

KYPWest Volunteers wanted Old Memorial Hospital VCH July Newsletter

New on this page

Next Meeting WW1 Timeline

New on other Pages

Reports Gloucestershire History
© CAHS & contributors 2016-8 Registered Charity 287289
Cirencester Archaeological  & Historical Society Museums to visit Museums to visit
As the Lego season has drawn to a close we feature the CAHS team that volunteered to help visitors every Wednesday during the building of the Abbey. Thank you all very much. See the Abbey900 page for who’s who and much more. June Summer Meeting for GLHA This meeting is now fully booked. Committee vacancies. We are looking for a new minutes secretary, and more general committee members. Do please consider helping the committee or persuading someone else! Our 2018 Season continued on Wednesday 11th April when a packed meeting heard Chris Bigg describing the history of Rolls-Royce aero engines, illustrated with many pictures, including contemporary adverts. This was a joint meeting with Ciren Science & Technology Society. Our next meeting is on 23rd May . Our AGM will be followed by a talk and songs discovered locally More> The Heritage Hub as the County Archive now likes to be known has issued its spring Newsletter. Cirencester Town council has published the Report  on the Abbey Grounds survey conducted late last year as part of the Abbey 900 celebrations. With the centenary of the Armistice coming up, we have been approached for information for a play to be professionally presented at the Barn Theatre. Our website is helping, but if you have family stories from Cirencester or involving people from Cirencester, get in touch [use the email button on the right] and we will put you in touch with the writers. Read more> The Old Ciren Facebook Page has alerted us to the Digitised historical copies of the Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard, made by British Newspaper Archives . There are some gaps but by mid September 2017 the issues from 1837 to 1910 had been uploaded. It will no doubt require a subscription to study in detail, but a free page is displayed each day. Microfiche copies of all issues of the Standard are available in Cirencester library. KnowYourPlaceWest now has mapping for Wilts, Gloucestershire and Somerset. Maps from about 1840 to date can be compared, and, after moderation, you can add historical information. Do watch the video to see how to use it! Have fun! (December- tithe maps added where they exist) Gloucestershire Archaeology’s Newsletter is now on-line

 A Century Ago...

1918 March 21/June 6 - German Spring Offensives 1918 ERNEST GILLMAN - Private died on 4 April 1918. He was 24 and had served in 10/Glosters but in February this under-strength battalion had been amalgamated into 13th Entrenching Battalion. ERNEST was the second son of Mary Ann of 132 Gloucester Street to be lost and is commemorated in Cirencester Cemetery with his older brother FRANK; CECIL OSCAR TANNER, Private, D Company 9/Rifle Brigade, was killed in action on the same day. His mother lived at 81 Cricklade Street. 1918 April 11 - Field Marshal Haig issued his “Backs to Wall” Order in face of continuing German advance FRANCIS JOSEPH CURRAN - Motor Mechanic, MB Reserve RNVR was lost at sea off Dunkirk on 12 April 1918 in HMCB 33A, probably in mine-clearance work. His parents Alfred and Elizabeth of 105 Dyer Street had lost an older son ERNEST the previous July.   ALBERT EDWARD HALL - Corporal 2/Worcesters, died of wounds on 14 April aged 28. He was son of Ernest and Ann of 80 Chester Street; JOHN TALBOT RICE also died of wounds that day, a Captain of 5th Royal Irish Lancers with the Military Cross and French Croix de Guerre whose parents lived in Moreton-in-Marsh. Cavalry was used for reconnaissance in the fast-moving emergency; LESLIE SMITH - Private C Company 5/Glosters, died on the same day and is buried in Marseilles. Born in Cirencester and an early member of the 5/Glosters band, he was probably being evacuated by hospital train from Italy. Three Glosters battalions were part of a force sent to assist our Italian allies after the Central Powers overwhelmed them at Caporetto in October-November 1917. HAROLD WILLIAM NEWMAN - Corporal 9/Norfolks was killed on 15 April in the area of Bailluel, a town completely destroyed in the fighting. HAROLD was 24, son of Andrew and Ellen Mary of  27 Chester Street. TOM MOURBY - Private 1/5 Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry was killed in action around Bethune on 17 April, aged 19. He was son of Thomas and Clara of 1 Beech View, Victoria Road; WALTER JAMES - Private 2/5 Glosters was killed in the same action. He was 28 and left a wife, Myra, at Brimscombe. WALTER was born in Cirencester; a younger brother, ALBERT, had been killed early in 1915, and FRANK, an old soldier, was with a Home Service battalion - men unfit for overseas service. EDWARD BERRY - Private 1/Wiltshires was the 18 year-old the son of William and Ellen of 157 Gloucester Street. His battalion was in Divisional rest around Poperinghe when the Germans drove the French defenders off Mont Kemmel, a crucial observation point. EDWARD’s Division was hurried forward and counter-attacked during the night 25/26 April 1918, when he was killed in action; BERTRAM HIBBERT died of wounds on 26 April. He was 19 and his parents Thomas and Ellen lived in Cirencester where BERTRAM had attended the Grammar School. He was a Private in 14/London, the “London Scottish” SAM LUKER - Private in the Glosters, husband of Emily Rhoda of 47 Castle Street, aged 41, died on 2 May 1918 and is buried in Cirencester Cemetery. FREDERICK JOHN WILKINSON - Private 13/Welsh, died on 4 May aged 19. Joe’s parents Ben and Ellen lived at VWH Kennels. ALBERT BERRY - Lance Corporal 1/Glosters, died on 15 May 1918 and is buried in Cirencester Cemetery. William and Ellen Berry had lost two sons in less than a month. Charles and Mary Gibbons, whose son Charles is buried close by, had suffered the same disaster in 1916. WILFRED HENRY RIDDLER was a Corporal in 1st Life Guards, the Household Cavalry. He had enlisted in October 1915 and had served on ceremonial duties at Knightsbridge Barracks and Windsor before going overseas with the Household Battalion. He was killed aged 20 in a bombing raid on Etaples on 19 May 1918. ARTHUR JOHN CHAMBERLAIN - Private 1/Wiltshires, 25th Division. This exhausted Division was transferred to a “quiet” section of the front under French command, only to be over-run by a shock German offensive beginning on 27 May 1918 when Jack was killed in action aged 18; WILLIAM POULSON PAISH - Corporal of 5/Northumberland Fusiliers was killed in the same action, and HAROLD REGINALD PACE - Private 717 Motor Transport Company, Army Service Corps, died of wounds. HAROLD was age 36 and his widowed mother Mary Ann lived at 41 Chester Road. FRANCIS JAMES NEVILLE DICKS - 2nd Lieutenant in 2/8 Worcesters also died of wounds on 27 May. He was son of Mr and Mrs Ernest A Dicks, Buckingham Lawn Wellington Street, Cheltenham, aged 21. On the same day the transport Leasowe Castle was torpedoed in the Mediterranean and 93 officers and men of Warwickshire Yeomanry were lost, amongst them Private WILLIAM BROTHERIDGE.

Timeline written by Dale Hjort

More about some of these men can be found in our WW1 biography section.   Do follow the Timeline in the Parish Church for what else went on a Century ago. It too changes monthly.
External Links External Links
Page last updated 21 May 2018
VCH January 2018 Newsletter includes information on the upcoming Cirencester Volume. Much about Cirencester is on the VCH website in draft form. Read it now. It will not be there for free when the volume is published!

Volunteers wanted

1. We are  looking for volunteers to help set up for lectures, [onsite training available]. 2. With our AGM coming up in May, now is the time to consider if you would like to join our committee. We are looking for a minutes secretary in particular, and others to assist generally. The committee only meets as needed a few times a year. If you do not think you have the time yourself, do think of nominating someone else - with their permission of course!
The old Memorial Hospital on Sheep Street (used within the last 30 years) used to hold the Bannatyne memorial staircase. It has recently been carefully removed and sent to relatives in Ireland, making way for the refurbushment of the car park. Cotswold Archaeology has written a number of studies of the building for CDC that are worth reading. See the downloads for the Parking Project.  Click the picture  above to read David Viner’s notes on the Hospital and the Staircase. The building across Sheep Street, called the Memorial Hospital Annex, is still in NHS use. It has the Great War memorial panels on its side. We have an article about this building.
Our next Meeting: A Cotswold Garland by Martin Graebe       More>
A Cotswold Garland - Martin Graebe