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Cirencester Archaeological & Historical Society

Cirencester

War

Memorials

This project got started when it was realised that not only are there two main memorial lists, but that they differ.

First World War Memorials

in Cirencester

 Seeking the personal stories: 

The project began many years ago when Jim and Deidre Waddell compiled the lists of names from the two memorials. We have lists from the town memorials for both World Wars, but have chosen to study the Great War first, during its centenary. The list from World War Two is available [panel left below ] The study limits itself to understanding why the names are on the Memorials, and others who might justifiably be there, but does not include those people commemorated on memorials outside of the Cirencester Parish, such as the surrounding villages. (Some of these villages have made their own studies, much easier due to low numbers!) Linda Viner compiled a searchable list from the two, sorted much else besides, and has found out more about the one woman on the list. Dale Hjort leads the project for CAHS and has been adding dates of death and regimental information. This shows several gaps, where he has not been able to distinguish between men of similar name, or indeed can find no information. Florence Beetlestone searched the Wilts and Glos Standard for news items referring to these people. We still need your help to fill in the lives of these people. We would like to see stories, pictures and confirmation of detail of these men. Most of the photos we have are copied from old newspapers. If you would like to offer better quality originals, we would love to copy and use them. You can contact us at  ww1 at cirenhistory.org.uk   Our studies so far were available in the Corinium Museum exhibition on World War 1 which ran from mid August to mid September 2014. They are now made permanently available via the links to be found  left. All detailed pages are now available on this site. Below are a few of the posters from the exhibition. Unfortunately we cannot blow them up enough here to make them readable, as they were very large. [You may read some of it if you have a Retina display]

Memorial Information

All WW1 Names-pdf All WW2 Names-pdf WW1 Detailed biographies (nextpage) 
Some of the posters from our exhibition Regular Army Territorials
Page updated 1/1/17
Dale Hjort’s notes on the background Picture, sent by David Brooks of Thornham in Norfolk: W Dennis Moss was a Cirencester-based photographer during the WW1 period and photographed much local military activity. I think from studying their cap badges that the group of soldiers in your Moss photograph are men of the 1/1 Gloucestershire Yeomanry. They appear to be the Machine Gun Section with their officer; the barn where they are gathered looks more Norfolk than Cotswolds to me.  Some of them are wearing jackets with frogging on the sleeves, suggesting the early months of the war. Between November 1914 and April 1915 1/1 Gloucs Yeomanry guarded the North Norfolk coast.  The officers’ mess at The Home Mead  was damaged on the night of 19/20 January 1915 when the German airship L4 jettisoned bombs on Heacham. At least one Gloucester- based professional photographer “attached” himself to a local battalion in the early months of the war. If these suggestions are correct, these men would within a few months be at Gallipoli. [Ed- for those using a tablet the picture is shown right, it can be expanded.]
© CAHS & contributors 2016-7 Registered Charity 287289
Cirencester Archaeological  & Historical Society

Cirencester War

Memorials

This project got started when it was realised that not only are there two main memorial lists, but that they differ.

First World War Memorials

in Cirencester

 Seeking the personal stories: 

The project began many years ago when Jim and Deidre Waddell compiled the lists of names from the two memorials. We have lists from the town memorials for both World Wars, but have chosen to study the Great War first, during its centenary. The list from World War Two is available [panel left below ] The study limits itself to understanding why the names are on the Memorials, and others who might justifiably be there, but does not include those people commemorated on memorials outside of the Cirencester Parish, such as the surrounding villages. (Some of these villages have made their own studies, much easier due to low numbers!) Linda Viner compiled a searchable list from the two, sorted much else besides, and has found out more about the one woman on the list. Dale Hjort leads the project for CAHS and has been adding dates of death and regimental information. This shows several gaps, where he has not been able to distinguish between men of similar name, or indeed can find no information. Florence Beetlestone searched the Wilts and Glos Standard for news items referring to these people. We still need your help to fill in the lives of these people. We would like to see stories, pictures and confirmation of detail of these men. Most of the photos we have are copied from old newspapers. If you would like to offer better quality originals, we would love to copy and use them. You can contact us at  ww1 at cirenhistory.org.uk   Our studies so far were available in the Corinium Museum exhibition on World War 1 which ran from mid August to mid September 2014. They are now made permanently available via the links to be found  left. All detailed pages are now available on this site. Below are a few of the posters from the exhibition. Unfortunately we cannot blow them up enough here to make them readable, as they were very large. [You may read some of it if you have a Retina display]
Regular Army Territorials

Memorial Information

All WW1 Names-pdf All WW2 Names-pdf WW1 Detailed biographies (nextpage)