Old Photos of Witham

First World War soldiers’ carving on Chipping Hill bridge, 1915

Taken: 1967 approx, Ref: M828

The inscription on the southern parapet of Chipping Hill bridge. Carved by a First World War soldier in 1915.

The top panel reads ‘Nuneaton. Coventry. Warwick. Leamington. Rugby. 1.6.15’, with badge. Middle panel reads ‘1915. Pte. F.V.Edwards. Range Warden. 7th Warwick R.’

The bottom panel reads ‘1915. Pte. P.Baylis. Range Warden. 7th Warwick R.’ All in upper case.

The Range Wardens would be looking after the shooting ranges, which were located out along this road and then towards Faulkbourne.

As a 7-year old boy, Walter Peirce sat astride the parapet and watched. The soldier who did the carving took off his cap and put it on the parapet so he could copy the regimental badge. The carving was done with a jack knife.

In later life, Mr Peirce commented on the particular skill of the carving, and said that it was done by one of the men who must have been a stonemason (see Interviews, tape 93, side 3).

Private Edwards is probably Frank Victor Edwards, killed in action in 1917 and buried in France (see cwgc.org).

RefM828
PhotographerHarry Loring
Date taken1967 approx
SourceHarry Loring. Printed from his negative
Posted on Full size 1186 × 1756

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