The Picton family

The Picton family, of whom the Revd David was killed by a hand grenade in 1916 Notes by Janet Gyford, updated September 2013  Essex County Chronicle, 8 October 1915 page 8 (see xerox). ‘Soldiers’ concert’ Congregational Schoolroom. Lieut Col Seymour Williams presided. Singers ‘included Mrs Seabrook, Lance Corporal Webber and Pt Brooks. Miss Picton played … Continue reading “The Picton family”

First World War: Territorial soldiers especially those from the Warwickshire Regiment, billeted in Witham.

First World War: Territorial soldiers especially those from the Warwickshire Regiment, billeted in Witham. The following explanation was given by Ian Hook of the Essex Regiment Museum, on 30 December 2004 relating in particular to photos M2190 and M2191, with soldiers of the 2nd/7th Warwicks passing Freebornes, High House and Red Lion (also relevant to M452 and … Continue reading “First World War: Territorial soldiers especially those from the Warwickshire Regiment, billeted in Witham.”

First World War. 15. Witham soldiers killed, together with information about the progress of the War

Witham in the First World War. 15. Witham soldiers who died in WW1, in date order, together with information about the progress of the War. Compiled by Janet Gyford, c.2005 For a list of other chapters about WW1, click here. General information is mostly from the schoolnet web site and from http://www.firstworldwar.com/onthisday Details are mostly … Continue reading “First World War. 15. Witham soldiers killed, together with information about the progress of the War”

First World War. 14. the Roll of Honour, with all those who were killed.

Witham in the First World War 14. The Roll of Honour, with all those who were killed. For a list of other chapters about WW1, click here. The first two pages and the last two are copies of the original. The rest is typed.   Witham Roll of Honour, page 1, typed To the Honour … Continue reading “First World War. 14. the Roll of Honour, with all those who were killed.”

First World War. 13. the Muster Roll, with all who served and survived

First World War in Witham. 13. Witham Muster Roll, with those who served and survived. For a list of other chapters about WW1, click here. The first three pages and the last one are copies of the original. The rest is typed.     Witham Muster Roll, page 1, typed H V Acutt    P Bright … Continue reading “First World War. 13. the Muster Roll, with all who served and survived”

First World War. 12. Introduction to Witham’s Muster Roll and the Roll of Honour

                                                                                   The First World War in Witham 12. Introduction to the Muster Roll and the Roll of Honour For a list of other chapters about WW1, click here. These two documents record the men associated with Witham who served in the First World War 1914-1918. The Muster Roll shows those who survived, and the … Continue reading “First World War. 12. Introduction to Witham’s Muster Roll and the Roll of Honour”

First World War. 11. Soldiers on Witham War memorial

The First World War in Witham 11. Soldiers recorded on the War Memorial Noted by Janet Gyford c.2005. For a list of other chapters about WW1, click here. The panel in the centre reads: 1914-1918 TO THE HONOUR OF THE MEN OF WITHAM WHO UNDER THE FLAG OF FREEDOM FELL IN THE GREAT WAR Their … Continue reading “First World War. 11. Soldiers on Witham War memorial”

First World War. 10. The War Memorial, the Nurses’ bungalow, and Dr Knight

First World War in Witham. 10. Witham’s War Memorial, the Nurses’ Bungalow, and Dr Knight For a list of other chapters about WW1, click here. _____________________________ [note: where there is an exact quotation, it is indicated by inverted commas ‘ ‘] Oral History tape 35, interview with Miss Dorothy Stoneham on 1 April 1981 ‘And … Continue reading “First World War. 10. The War Memorial, the Nurses’ bungalow, and Dr Knight”

First World War. 05. Soldiers billeted in Witham

First World War. 05. Soldiers billeted in Witham For a list of other chapters about WW1, click here. General. Camps and billeting (from schoolnet web site) After men joined the army they were sent to local army camps to be turned into soldiers. As experienced officers were needed in France to organise the war against … Continue reading “First World War. 05. Soldiers billeted in Witham”

53. The Pee Hole

The Pee Hole “And the boys used to swim in a part of the river, there’s a wide bit, which was deep, and if I may be so bold to call it, I think it was called the Pee Hole, but anyway it was deep enough for them to jump in and swim about.” This … Continue reading “53. The Pee Hole”