The Battle of Jutland – 100 years ago today

The Battle of Jutland started 100 years ago today, 31 May 1916 and ended on 1 June 1916..  It is considered to be the only major naval battle of World War 1.  The British Navy lost more men and ships, but the verdict was that the German Navy lost and was never in a position again to put to sea during the war.

6,094 British men were lost, including the following Cheltonians:

Leading Stoker Douglas Hugh PREECE R.N, of 8 Victoria Terrace, Cheltenham.  Killed in action at sea 31.05.16 aged 24.

Lieutenant Commander Frank Goodrich TERRY R.N of Ravenswood, Battledown, Cheltenham.  Aged 33 and remembered on Charlton Kings War Memorial.

Midshipman George Paul HOPCRAFT R.N of Old Gable House, Southam.  Aged 16.  His name is on Bishops Cleeve and Southam War Memorials.

Royal Marine Major Robert CROSTHWAITE. RMLI, of 12 Clarence Square, Cheltenham.  Aged 43.

Petty Officer 1st Class Walter Loveridge JONES R.N of 17 Northfield Terrace, Cheltenham.  Aged 28.

Leading Seaman William George HILL. R.N of 7 Abbotts Cottages, Cheltenham.  Aged 29.

Able Seaman Sidney Heard PRICE R.N of 36 Victoria Street, St Pauls, Cheltenham.  Aged 26.

Sick Berth Attendant Herbert George HILL R.N, address unknown.  Aged 28.

Midshipman Maynell Osbourne HANWELL R.N of Orchard Lane, Battledown, Cheltenham.  Aged 16.

Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas LANGLEY R.N of 15 Grosvenor Street, Cheltenham.  Aged 27.

Able Seaman Robert FRENCH R.N of Horsefair Street, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham.  Aged 26.  His name is on the Charlton Kings Memorial.

Stoker 2nd Class Fredrick MILLS R.N of 42 Keynsham Street, Cheltenham.  Aged 33.  Died of illness in Scotaldn 03.11.18.

They will be remembered at The Parade and Service of Commemoration today at 12 noon (please assemble by 11.30am) at Cheltenham Minster (St Mary’s Church), GL50 3JX, off Clarence Street, between the Library and the High Street.

 

 

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Access to the war memorial during restoration work

During the work, hoardings will be placed around the memorial to ensure safety of the site. If during this time members of the public need access to the memorial to view a name, they can make an appointment with the council so that arrangements can be made. Please call switchboard on 01242 262626.

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War memorial is set to return to its former glory thanks to funding success

The long-awaited restoration of the Promenade’s war memorial will begin on 23 May.

The good news comes after the council secured more than £84,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund Our Heritage grant scheme and £24,400 from the War Memorial Trust to go towards both the restoration and WW1 commemoration activities and events. The restoration work is expected to last around 12 weeks.

The funding – together with a contribution from the borough council – will sympathetically restore the war memorial to its former glory. The work will include cleaning of the stonework, repointing and restoring the lettering of the 1284 names currently on the memorial. Following an appeal to residents, six names have been identified to be added to the memorial.

The work – which follows a successful patch test to help identify technique and best practise – will be carried out by Cliveden Conservation Workshop Ltd who were selected through a procurement process.

Councillor Rowena Hay, cabinet member for finance said: “The restoration marks the centenary of World War 1 and safeguards the memorial as a focus of remembrance and commemoration into the next century, so I am delighted that we have been successful in receiving the funding we need to make this possible. It will take place alongside a full programme of commemoration activities and events so that individuals, groups, schools and clubs can find their own ways to reflect upon the experiences and sacrifices of local people.’’

Nerys Watts, from HLF, added: “The First World War touched every community across the UK and our war memorials are a stark visual reminder of this. They are also a good place to begin to explore the impact of the War both on those who fought and those who remained at home. This project, one of over 1000 First World War projects we’ve funded so far, will both preserve an important memorial and ensure this history is much better known and we are very proud to be supporting it.”

Frances Moreton, director at the War Memorials Trust added: “War Memorials Trust is delighted to be supporting this project. The funding, through the First World War Memorials Programme, will help repair this memorial and preserve it so generations can continue to pay their respects today and in the future.”

During the work, hoardings will be placed around the memorial to ensure safety of the site. If during this time members of the public need access to the memorial to view a name, they can make an appointment with the council so that arrangements can be made. Please call switchboard on 01242 262626.

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Imjin Music Festival – Thursday 9th June 2016

Taking place at Imjin Barracks, Innsworth, Gloucester

Join us as we celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday in style, with a Spitfire and Lancaster flypast, Sounding Retreat, RAF Falcons parachute display team; an evening packed with children’s activities and the best in local music and entertainment.

BYO picnic or feast from the street foods and drink on sale.

FREE ENTRY.  For more information and tickets, visit http://www.imjinmusicfestival.uk

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Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of Jutland – 31 May 2016

Royal British Legion and Royal Naval Association Cheltenham are hosting a commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of Jutland, the largest naval battle of the First World War, in which thousands of British and German sailors perished at sea.

The Parade and Service of Commemoration will taken place on Tuesday 31 May at 12 noon (please assemble by 11.30am) at Cheltenham Minster (St Mary’s Church), GL50 3JX, off Clarence Street, between the Library and the High Street.

Amongst those lost, we will remember by name 12 Cheltonians and 7 sailors from Gloucester.

Standards, flags, banners welcome.

Email responses please to chairman.rblcheltenham@outlook.com

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Funding bid to support war memorial restoration – share your project ideas

The restoration of the Promenade’s war memorial is soon to take a step closer with a funding bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund. As part of this, the council is inviting community organisations to consider any projects they would like to see included in the bid to highlight the significance of the First World War to the Cheltenham community. The deadline for expressions of interest is 18 December 2015.

Early next year, Cheltenham Borough Council will be submitting a bid to “Our Heritage” (part of the Heritage Lottery Fund) for funding to support both the physical restoration of the war memorial and commemorative events, ahead of the centenary of the end of the First World War in 2018.

In order to secure the funding for a range of community-based activities across the borough to commemorate World 1, the council is inviting organisations who would like to include a project in the bid to send in an expression of interest.

To apply, please see the guidelines and download and complete the expression of interest form.

The council is looking to include projects to take place in 2017 or 2018 that will meet the aim of “connecting today’s community to the significance of World War 1” and come under one or more of the following themes:

• Capturing and sharing of local stories of soldiers from Cheltenham in World War 1
• Exploring our contribution to the war effort at home in Cheltenham
• Commemorating women who died serving their country
• Sharing music, art and poetry of the time that reflected the changing social history and culture

Activities can take the form of:

• Public activities, events and ceremonies
• Community involvement and discovery
• Education projects with children and young people

Any not for profit organisation can apply, and bids can be made of between £2000 and £20,000 for any one activity. The closing date for expressions of interest is Friday 18 December, and the decision about which projects will be included in the Our Heritage bid will be communicated in early January.

For more information please contact Helen Down at helen.down@cheltenham.gov.uk or call 01242 774960.

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Cheltenham Remembers Project Approved

On Tuesday 16th June, Cheltenham Borough Council’s cabinet approved plans to restore the war memorial and to add missing names, including those of women who fit the criteria. Read more on the Gloucestershire Echo website.

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First and Second World War memories to be digitally archived

To mark the centenary of the First World War, and the 70th anniversary of VE Day, Cheltenham Borough Council is working with the University of Gloucestershire to record local history from within the community. Continue reading

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Unveiling of Commemorative Paving Stones For Captain Arthur Forbes Gordon Kilby and Captain Anketell Moutray Read

At 11am on Friday 25th September 2015, an open service will be held at the War Memorial to commemorate the battle of Loos. Continue reading

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Lt George Frederick Delmar-Williamson, Captain Douglas Ridely Clunes Gabell and Lt Patrick Wright Anderson

 By Patrick Anderson, nephew of Lt Anderson, and wife Diane Anderson, relative of Lt Delmar – Williamson. Continue reading

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