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Cirencester commemorates World War 1 (From Newsletter 59 April 2014) A (very) small team of Society members is researching the impact of World War 1 on the town and its residents. Can you please help us? Cirencester has a richness of memorials to the fallen of World War 1 but they are not all immediately apparent. Two striking memorials adorn the walls of the south porch of St John Baptist and the facade of the Memorial Hospital in Sheep Street, with smaller memorials to the former members of the Church Lads’ Brigade, the bell ringers of Holy Trinity, Watermoor, and pupils of Cirencester Grammar School.  Pupils of Oakley Hall and students and lecturers at the Royal Agricultural College (now University) have their own plaques. The staircase within the former Cottage Hospital in Sheep Street was paid for by the family of Major E.J. Bannatyne in gratitude for the care he received following a fatal air crash in 1917. The Sheep Street Roll of Honour lists 211 names while that on the parish church names 188 individuals. Why the discrepancy? And why in our research are we finding the names of fallen servicemen not commemorated on either, even though they were Cirencester born and bred? The town played a significant role in recruiting volunteers with over 400 answering Kitchener’s call in September 1914. Regiments were billeted in the town and Earl Bathurst’s Park was the focus for training camps and drill. The Midland and South Western Junction Railway in Watermoor was a significant link to the south coast ports and the proximity of the Bingham Hall lent itself as an ideal site for a Red Cross Hospital. Despite the hardships of war, food shortages and higher prices life continued with the town rallying to support the war effort on all fronts. Pupils at the Girls’ Council School in Lewis Lane knitted socks and mitts for the Christmas parcels for the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Comforts Committee, giving up their drawing lessons in November 1916 to complete the consignment. This and many other snippets of interest are there to be uncovered. All this is working towards an Exhibition in the Society’s name at the Corinium Museum from 16 August to 14 September this year.  We cannot hope to tell the full story of the impact of World War 1 without your help in this ongoing project. Please help us - we are still searching for Frederick G. Burge, Charles Burrows, J. Johnson, William Lane, William Mustoe, George Thompson, Cyril B. Williams. Do you know of them? Are they relatives? If you can help please contact the Society via the editor. Meanwhile, many thanks for the efforts and enthusiasm of Dale Hjort, Florence Beetlestone, Linda Viner, Christopher Fear, Michael Rose and Aileen Anderson. See local press for full details of all the events and activities for ‘Cirencester Commemorates WW1’; and for Gloucestershire Local History Association’s day school see  
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. Our most recent activity was the WW1 Exhibition at Corinium Museum from 15 August to 14 September,  See the WW1 blog News items will usually be on this page. Feel free to hover over and click any picture to see what happens. Our next meeting is on Wednesday 22nd October. The new programme is available here .  
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VCH Gloucestershire Newsletter This Newsletter might look a bit dry, but there are several interesting local articles in it. Your Society intends to help fund this work in the future.  
Commemorating The First World War 16th August – 14th September Corinium Museum, Park Street, Cirencester Cirencester Historical and Archaeological Society illustrated the impact of the First World War on Cirencester and residents through this retrospective exhibition. If you visited the exhibition or not, do keep on sending in your family notes if your family had Cirencester connections during that period. Don’t forget that there are other exhibitions on in town about WW1, The RAU Chapel exhibition runs until the year end, and the Timeline in the Parish Church runs until 2018.  
Cotswold Archaeology offers free e-books As part of its 25th anniversary, CA has made available a number of its publications that are now out of print for free download as photocopy pdf files. You can browse them, and paid-for publications on their website. The most notable might be “Cirencester- Town and Landscape”, 1994 by Tim Darvill & Chris Gerrard. Take a look at their 25 highlights while you are there. There are also job opportunities.  
Latest WW1 Project News - 19 Sept 2014
Cotswold Archaeology Seeks Your Help This note has appeared before, but they still are looking for help. One project is based at our Kemble offices near Cirencester and involves processing finds and paper records from the 1960s-90s excavations at Crickley Hill hillfort, readying them for deposition with the National Trust so that they will be available for study, with the ultimate aim of facilitating full publication of the site, although that is beyond the scope of our project. This work is ongoing, Mon-Fri. 0830-1600. The second project will be based at the Gloucestershire Archives premises off Alvin Street, Gloucester and will involve processing finds and paper records from a number of important excavations undertaken by Glos City Council in the 1980s/90s, with the aim of depositing this material at Gloucester City Museum and making it available for future study. This work will start on Tues 14th Oct and will be undertaken every Tues/Weds from 0930-1600 for the next c. 6 months. Jon Hart 01285 772617