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. 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”

Tape 002. Mrs Dorothy Ireland (nee Goss), sides 3 and 4

Tape 2 Mrs Ireland was born in 1894, and was interviewed on 25 November 1976. when she lived at 12 Chalks Road, Witham. She also appears on tapes 1, 3, 7, 33, 86, 90 and 97. For more information about her, see the the notes in the people category headed Ireland, Mrs Dorothy (Dolly), nee … Continue reading “Tape 002. Mrs Dorothy Ireland (nee Goss), sides 3 and 4”

50. The First World War, part 3. More about the visiting soldiers.

“There was always an air of expectancy as a new battalion marched into Witham. I was a boy standing open-eyed outside my father’s harness-maker’s shop in the High Street, then a small market town. They marched in fours – packs on backs, rifles shouldered, bayonet scabbards at hips, each company with captain marching ahead, lieutenants … Continue reading “50. The First World War, part 3. More about the visiting soldiers.”

43. The First World War, part 2. Soldiers training in Witham.

A hundred years ago, our forbears had already lived through several months of the First World War. One of Witham’s volunteers was 32 year old Ernest Glass of 4 Chalks Road. He was a bricklayer’s labourer, but he joined the Navy and became a “stoker 1st class” on the ship H.M.S. Good Hope. Before long … Continue reading “43. The First World War, part 2. Soldiers training in Witham.”

39. The First World War, part 1. The beginning of the War.

Gerald Palmer was a small boy in the summer of 1914. He was four years old, and lived in the High Street, where his father was a saddler and harnessmaker. Gerald often roamed around Witham, and one of his favourite places was the railway station, where he used to peer through the railings. One day … Continue reading “39. The First World War, part 1. The beginning of the War.”

01. Chipping Hill bridge

In 1768, the county of Essex agreed to give £100 to Witham “as a free gift … towards the expense of building a strong and commodious brick bridge for carriages over the river at Chipping Hill … instead of the Horse Bridge (of wood) now standing there”. That horse bridge had been a narrow one … Continue reading “01. Chipping Hill bridge”