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.




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.

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

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.

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