Our next Meeting is Wednesday 24th May 2017  7.30pm Ashcroft Centre AGM followed by: Exploring Sisters Longbarrow Tim Darvill, Professor of Archaeology and departmental Director at Bournemouth University, Chairman of Cotswold Archaeology  and CAHS member, will bring the Society up to date on the discoveries from the University and Abbey Home Farm dig, between The Whiteway and the Fosse Way, in preparation for the third summer season of fieldwork on the Neolithic burial site near 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

Cotswold AONB More Volunteers wanted! VCH Jan Newsletter Old Memorial Hospital Museum Abbey books Tewkesbury Visit

New on this page

Next Meeting WW1 Timeline House History Training Heritage Hub Newsletter

New on other pages

Cirencester’s Pubs March Report Abbey 900
© Cirencester Archaeological & Historical Society & Contributors 2016-7 Registered Charity no. 287289
Cirencester Archaeological & Historical Society Museums to visit Museums to visit

Welcome

Please note that in some cases the material on the phone is briefer than on the computer. This mainly affects the Great War biographies, where all biographical detail is available, but in some articles the contemporary newspaper cuttings are not included. Otherwise all of the pages we had before are still here, and hopefully more readable. More of our articles will be published over time, and we are always looking for new ones. If you have something you would like published, please in the first place send it to our editor for consideration. 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.

 A Century Ago...

1917 March - April: 

Revolution compelled the Russian Czar to abdicate and his army collapsed, freeing German forces for the Western Front. The USA declared war on Germany and began training a large new army. In France the Germans shortened their front by withdrawing from the Somme to three lines of carefully prepared extensive defence systems - the “Siegfried Stellung” - and left “scorched earth” and booby-traps to slow the British pursuit - THOMAS HENRY TAYLOR - Private 4/ Glosters, and ERNEST F BILES - Private in B Company 1/5 Glosters and husband of Mrs G Biles of 16 Gloucester Street, are both killed on 5 April 1917, and REGINALD BLACKWELL - Lance Corporal 2/5 Glosters, on 7 April. SIDNEY HENRY CHERRY was born in Cirencester but had emigrated with his parents to British Columbia, and then moved to Australia where he farmed for three years. He volunteered and served in Gallipoli with the Australian Infantry before being transferred to the Australian Battalion of the Imperial Camel Corps in Palestine. He was killed in action on 19 April 1917 in the Second Battle of Gaza. HENRY MOLYNEUX PAGET HOWARD, 11th EARL OF SUFFOLK AND 12th OF BERKSHIRE commanded 1st (Wiltshire) Battery of the Royal Field Artillery, and was killed two days later in the same Battle. He was 39 and his home was Charlton Park, Malmesbury. CYRIL BRUTON - Private, A Company, 11/Worcesters, was killed on 24 April 1917 in a two Division attack on the Bulgarian lines overlooking Lake Doiran which cost over 3,000 casualties.

1917 April 9/May15: Arras Offensive -

HERBERT FOX - Corporal 2/Wiltshires with the Distinguished Conduct Medal, was killed on 9 April 1917 aged 22; WILLIAM JOHN PEACHEY - Rifleman, 9/Rifle Brigade, died on 27 April; his parents and wife lived in Cirencester; WALTER FEAR - Private of 43 Battalion Canadian Infantry died aged 22 on 2 May.   MAXWELL GERARD COLE - Lieutenant 1 Squadron Royal Flying Corps, a reconnaissance squadron, was killed on 18 May 1917. The German aircraft were superior at this stage of the war, known to the RFC as “Bloody April”. Replacement pilots were being sent into combat with only a few hours flying experience. MAXWELL was 18 and the youngest of three Cole brothers who died. E BUDDEN was a Private in the Army Service Corps attached to 173 Tunnelling Company during preparatory work for a planned offensive around Ypres. He died on 6 June 1917.

Timeline written by Dale Hjort

Do follow the Timeline in the Parish Church for what else went on a Century ago. It too changes monthly.
Links to other organisations Links to other organisations
The old Memorial Hospital on Sheep Street (used within the last 30 years) holds the Bannatyne memorial staircase. It is looking very dilapidated now as CDC has been wanting to knock it down for years. Do you think it should be saved? Click the picture 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.

Cotswold AONB

Cotswold Conservation Board celebrates 50 years. They are seeking old photographs of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that may show landscape changes, perhaps in only a few years. See their website for details.

House History Training

(In Gloucester) 13 May. Contact on the Notice  We have several house histories in our Newsletters. If you live in a house with history, why not write about it? Heritage Hub Spring Newsletter
Page last updated 17 April 2017

Volunteers wanted

1. See our Abbey 900 page. CAHS has offered to provide volunteers to mind the Lego project on Wednesday mornings. If you are interested in helping for, say, an hour a week do contact our chairman 2. The Town Council would like you to take part in the geophysical exploration of the Abbey Grounds this spring. Click for details 3. Cotswold Archaeology are seeking helpers in a potential dig at South Cerney Castle later on this year. More detail later. Good student opportunity. 4. We are also looking for volunteers to help set up for lectures, [onsite training available]. 5. David Viner, our Editor, is also looking for someone willing to copy written material onto computer from time to time. We have many years of Newsletters written on typewriters or long-lost word processors that we would like to make more available.

VCH Gloucestershire Newsletter.

The January newsletter has been emailed to members, but some members have restricted email boxes, and have not received it. Clicking on the title should retrieve it.

Corinium Museum and the Abbey’s library

Do visit the Corinium Museum before 21 May to see the manuscripts that formed a small part of the Abbey’s library. It is free. Turn left inside the entrance door and then right opposite the shop.

Summer afternoon in Tewkesbury

Tewkesbury Historical Society invites members for a summer afternoon in the town. Click heading for details. Book by end of May.

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

Old Memorial Hospital Volunteers wanted Cotswold AONB VCH January Newsletter

New on this page

Next Meeting WW1 Timeline

New on other Pages

Cirencester’s Pubs March Meeting Report Abbey 900
© CAHS & contributors 2016-7 Registered Charity 287289
Cirencester Archaeological  & Historical Society Museums to visit Museums to visit

Welcome

Please note that in some cases the material on the phone is briefer than on the computer. This mainly affects the Great War biographies, where all biographical detail is available, but in some articles the contemporary newspaper cuttings are not included. Otherwise all of the pages we had before are still here, and hopefully more readable. More of our articles will be published over time, and we are always looking for new ones. If you have something you would like published, please in the first place send it to our editor for consideration. 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.
Our next Meeting is Wednesday 24th May 2017  7.30pm Ashcroft Centre AGM followed by: Exploring Sisters Longbarrow Tim Darvill, Professor of Archaeology and departmental Director at Bournemouth University, Chairman of Cotswold Archaeology  and CAHS member, will bring the Society up to date on the discoveries from the University and Abbey Home Farm dig, between The Whiteway and the Fosse Way, in preparation for the third summer season of fieldwork on the Neolithic burial site near Cirencester

 A Century Ago...

1917 March - April: 

Revolution compelled the Russian Czar to abdicate and his army collapsed, freeing German forces for the Western Front. The USA declared war on Germany and began training a large new army. In France the Germans shortened their front by withdrawing from the Somme to three lines of carefully prepared extensive defence systems - the “Siegfried Stellung” - and left “scorched earth” and booby-traps to slow the British pursuit - THOMAS HENRY TAYLOR - Private 4/ Glosters, and ERNEST F BILES - Private in B Company 1/5 Glosters and husband of Mrs G Biles of 16 Gloucester Street, are both killed on 5 April 1917, and REGINALD BLACKWELL - Lance Corporal 2/5 Glosters, on 7 April. SIDNEY HENRY CHERRY was born in Cirencester but had emigrated with his parents to British Columbia, and then moved to Australia where he farmed for three years. He volunteered and served in Gallipoli with the Australian Infantry before being transferred to the Australian Battalion of the Imperial Camel Corps in Palestine. He was killed in action on 19 April 1917 in the Second Battle of Gaza. HENRY MOLYNEUX PAGET HOWARD, 11th EARL OF SUFFOLK AND 12th OF BERKSHIRE commanded 1st (Wiltshire) Battery of the Royal Field Artillery, and was killed two days later in the same Battle. He was 39 and his home was Charlton Park, Malmesbury. CYRIL BRUTON - Private, A Company, 11/Worcesters, was killed on 24 April 1917 in a two Division attack on the Bulgarian lines overlooking Lake Doiran which cost over 3,000 casualties.

1917 April 9/May15: Arras Offensive -

HERBERT FOX - Corporal 2/Wiltshires with the Distinguished Conduct Medal, was killed on 9 April 1917 aged 22; WILLIAM JOHN PEACHEY - Rifleman, 9/Rifle Brigade, died on 27 April; his parents and wife lived in Cirencester; WALTER FEAR - Private of 43 Battalion Canadian Infantry died aged 22 on 2 May.   MAXWELL GERARD COLE - Lieutenant 1 Squadron Royal Flying Corps, a reconnaissance squadron, was killed on 18 May 1917. The German aircraft were superior at this stage of the war, known to the RFC as “Bloody April”. Replacement pilots were being sent into combat with only a few hours flying experience. MAXWELL was 18 and the youngest of three Cole brothers who died. E BUDDEN was a Private in the Army Service Corps attached to 173 Tunnelling Company during preparatory work for a planned offensive around Ypres. He died on 6 June 1917.

Timeline written by Dale Hjort

Do follow the Timeline in the Parish Church for what else went on a Century ago. It too changes monthly.
The old Memorial Hospital on Sheep Street (used within the last 30 years) holds the Bannatyne memorial staircase. It is looking very dilapidated now as CDC has been wanting to knock it down for years. Do you think it should be saved? Click the picture 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.

Cotswold AONB

Cotswold Conservation Board celebrates 50 years. They are seeking old photographs of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that may show landscape changes, perhaps in only a few years. See their website for details.

House History Training

(In Gloucester) 13 May. Contact on the Notice  We have several house histories in our Newsletters. If you live in a house with history, why not write about it? Heritage Hub Spring Newsletter
External Links External Links
Page last updated 17 April 2017

Volunteers wanted

1. See our Abbey 900 page. CAHS has offered to provide volunteers to mind the Lego project on Wednesday mornings. If you are interested in helping for, say, an hour a week do contact our chairman 2. The Town Council would like you to take part in the geophysical exploration of the Abbey Grounds this spring. Click for details 3. Cotswold Archaeology are seeking helpers in a potential dig at South Cerney Castle later on this year. More detail later. Good student opportunity. 4. We are also looking for volunteers to help set up for lectures, [onsite training available]. 5. David Viner, our Editor, is also looking for someone willing to copy written material onto computer from time to time. We have many years of Newsletters written on typewriters or long-lost word processors that we would like to make more available.

VCH Gloucestershire Newsletter.

The January newsletter has been emailed to members, but some members have restricted email boxes, and have not received it. Clicking on the title should retrieve it.

Corinium Museum and the Abbey’s

library

Do visit the Corinium Museum before 21 May to see the manuscripts that formed a small part of the Abbey’s library. It is free. Turn left inside the entrance door and then right opposite the shop.

Summer afternoon in Tewkesbury

Tewkesbury Historical Society invites members for a summer afternoon in the town. Click heading for details. Book by end of May.