Remembering a Local SoldierEarlier this year a telephone call came through to the Parish Office from an eighty-six year old lady presently living in Budleigh Salterton, Devon. The reason for the call was to check, in this special memorial year, that there would be the usual Remembrance Service around the War Memorial in Cirencester. Mrs. Wiltsher, the lady in question, went on to explain that her uncle, Percy Geyton, was listed on the memorial, and in this very special year she would like to pay her respects. She knew quite a lot about his family, his father was a wine merchant in Cricklade Street, and the family had lived for some time in the Mead. She thought that Uncle Percy had been an officer, and he was buried in the family grave in Chesterton Cemetery, but had little knowledge beyond that.The call was taken by Aileen Anderson, who is also the chairman of Cirencester Archaeological and Historical Society (CAHS), and she was able to tell Mrs. Wiltsher that the Society was researching information on all the names appearing on the memorial. Researchers, Linda Viner and Dale Hjort were able to discover that Percy had been a 2ndLieutenant in the Machine Gun Corps.Aileen also passed this information on to her friend, Christopher Fear, a member of the Western Front Association, who located the family grave, and placed a cross on it, as members of the Association do for all graves containing war dead.2nd Lieutenant Geyton had not died on the battlefield, in fact when Mrs. Wiltsher arrived to spend the Remembrance weekend in Cirencester, she brought with her a George V half penny which was dented, having stopped a bullet aimed at him. His parents must have been overjoyed when he returned home to Cirencester. However, their joy was not to last long, for a coin can sometimes stop a bullet, but it can’t stop gas. Percy’s lungs were destroyed, and he died on 29th July 1919 aged just 27 in the Memorial Hospital, Cirencester. He was buried on 2nd August.His father arranged for his name to be inserted later on to the Memorial Plaque outside the Parish Church. We were able to take Mrs Wiltsher to visit the grave, which she is now arranging to be cleaned, and assure her that her uncle 2nd Lieutenant Percy Geyton would continue to be remembered.This article by Aileen Anderson is taken from Cirencester Parish Magazine 2014If you have any stories you would like us to tell please contact us
Welcome to Cirencester Archaeological & Historical SocietyWe 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 major activity last season was the WW1 Exhibition at Corinium Museum from 15 August to 14 September 2014, See the WW1 blogNews items will usually be on this page. Feel free to hover over and click any picture to see what happens.Our Season has now ended. We meet again on 9th September at the Ashcroft Centre, in association with Cirencester Science and Technology Society, for a talk by David Brown on Berkeley Power Station, its construction and decommissioning.Our new season programme should be available here from mid August
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Commemorating The First World War16th August – 14th September 2014Corinium Museum, Park Street, CirencesterCirencester 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 Timeline in the Parish Church runs until 2018.
Cotswold Archaeology offers free e-booksAs 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.
Has your church lost a historic item or bible in the last few years? West Mercia Police have now located many of the owners across the UK of some 50 church items recovered during the course of a current investigation. Contact the webmaster for more information. An item stolen from All Saints Somerford Keynes in 2010 has recently been recovered.