Ellastone World War 1 Commemorations

Ellastone Remembers

Thanks to Margaret Taylor for all her dedicated research on the First World War, without which many of these items would not have appeared.

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#Ellastone School Roll of Honour    

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA2014 marked the centenary of the outbreak of WW1 and in Ellastone we had a display of photographs and other memorabilia with a local connection at St Peter’s Church. On 3rd August there was a procession led by the Staffs and West Midlands Cadet Force Corps of Drums. Twigs of rosemary were left at the memorial. This was followed by the Drumhead Service, a special service of remembrance.

20140802_182659Exhibition of World War 1

The Exhibition in the Church of World War 1 Memorabilia was formally opened by Dr. Ian Whitehead, historian from Derby University. This was followed by a free WW1 Film Show in the Parish Hall + the launch of…

The Story of Ellastone Hospital

This is a commemorative booklet written by David Smith, explaining how a little village was able to become one of only 17 “Auxiliary” hospitals in the whole of Staffordshire during WW1. Learn about the 20140802_182613important roles played by some of the landowners and the generosity of everyone in the village. The booklet is on sale in the church and in the Parish Hall. All proceeds go to the British Legion

(Min. Donation £2).


A Long Way from Ellastone

This is the title of a book researched and written by Paul Machen and Sue Smith from Sheffield. It is a record of those who are commemorated on the Brass Memorial Plaque in Church and those who died and appear on the Ellastone School Roll of Honour, but not on the Church plaque.

The book came out of Sue’s researching her family tree and finding three relatives listed as War Dead in Ellastone. Since then she and Paul have spent many hours finding out as much as possible about the men of the Parish who died in WW1.
The book is on sale in Church for £4 or from Pam Shouksmith (324094).


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Did you know that every day throughout the First World War a bell was rung at noon at Ellastone Church to remind everyone to think about and pray for all the local men who were away fighting in the War?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The.single bell was rung once again on Sunday morning, 3rd August to remind people to come to the churchyard to see the procession led by the Staffs and West Midlands Cadet Force Corps of Drums and to pay their respects to those who served and to those who lost their lives during WW1. Twigs of rosemary were left in remembrance. This was followed by the Drumhead Service.

#Anzac Day Centenary – local heroes

Anzac Day (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) is the most significant commemoration of military casualties in those two countries. This year on April 25th it has its centenary, remembering 100 years since the start of the disastrous Gallipoli campaign in what is now Turkey. There will be special events here in the UK, for example at the Cenotaph in London.

In Ellastone, we remember two heroes on April 25th.

In Ellastone Church there is a memorial tablet to Capt. Edward Unwin who lived at the family seat at Wootton Lodge during the post war years. He was awarded the VC on April 25th 1915 as Commanding Officer of the SS River Clyde at the landings at Gallipoli. He was a well-known war hero, so much so that his col-oured picture appeared on a cigarette card. You can see this and read about his incredible bravery by typing his name into a computer search engine such as Google.

Not well-known was Arthur Charlesworth. He grew up at Calwich Bank Farm which his mother ran. (She had grown up at Thorswood Farm, Stanton.) Arthur attended Ellastone School but left the area shortly before WW1 to find his way in the world. He went to Canada in 1912, then to New Zealand. He joined the Auckland Infantry and the Gallipoli campaign, but his time in action lasted only 12 hours and he died along with hundreds of others on 25th April 1915. He was mourned locally with the Vicar of the time paying tribute on behalf of the commu-nity. He was the first local lad killed in WW1.

You can read the story of Arthur Charlesworth and all the others whose names appear on the Memorial Plaque in St. Peter’s Church and the Ellastone School Roll of Honour in the book “A long way from Ellastone” by Sue Smith and Paul Machen, which is available for £4 from Ellastone Church.

What was going on in Ellastone in September 1914?

Read this article… Ellastone in September 1914 by Margaret Taylor. Due to popular request she has also included the recipe for the anzac biscuits that she made when the exhibition opened in St Peter’s.

#Many thanks to all those involved for the enormous amount of work! It is a great legacy to leave to the village.

 For more information contact:

Margaret & Nick Taylor –  324656  or    margaret.a.taylor@tesco.net

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