Recent Additions to the website
New – An article on Captain Roger Cholmeley MC, a man of action who after a varied career in South Africa and Australia served with distinction as an Intelligence Officer with The Cheshire Regiment in WW1 and was subsequently killed in 1919 fighting with the Allied forces in support of the White Russians against the Bolsheviks in northern Russia at the age of 47. He himself had no connection with Birmingham but he is commemorated on the St Anne’s war memorial because his brother lived in Strensham Hill.
New – The complete article “Jack the war hero and Dora his widow who became a Lady – a Moseley tale of love” by Jim Hone is now available to read (click to view). The original article told the story of Lieutenant Colonel J H S Dimmer, a war hero and holder of both the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry, and the Military Cross and his marriage to a local Moseley girl, Dora Bayley-Parker. Jack was sadly killled in action just a few months after his marriage. This updated article goes on to tell the story of his wife Dora, who subsequently married Lord Garvagh and lived a glamorous and highly successful life at the head of an aristocratic dynasty.
New – An article about Andrew Franklin CVO, who accumulated an impressive collection of Chinese ceramics and art whilst working as a British diplomat in China and subsequently bequeathed a large portion of it to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. The article also describes his experiences in Germany during World War 1 where he was born whilst his mother was visiting her German family at the outbreak of war and subsequently stranded having to conceal his British nationality.
New – A spreadsheet listing the 198 men from Moseley killed in World War 1 who were commemorated on the ten Moseley War Memorials and the Wintersloe School Roll of Honour, with photographs of those memorials, plus a Schools’ Educational Package providing useful references for teachers planning projects for schoolchildren to commemorate the anniversary of Armistice Day. See the World War 1 Project page.
New – An article on the origins and history of Toc H (click to view), founded to provide fellowship and support for soldiers during World War 1, and the role it has subsequently played in Moseley and Birmingham over the past century to help the disadvantaged in British society.
New – Four more articles have been uploaded to the website about men killed in 1918 and commemorated on the St Mary’s war memorial, namely Private Frederick Arthur Woodcock , 2nd Lieutenant Francis Claude Uzzell, 2nd Lieutenant Harold Welford Sheffield and 2nd Lieutenant Robert Stanley Thomas MC. For these see the web page on men killed in 1918. Two other articles were recently added on Lieutenant T. Ewart Mitton, a cousin of J. R.R. Tolkien, (see the web page on men killed in 1917) and Captain Rev. James Leitch Cappell (see the web page on men killed in 1918).
New – A new article on the history of Wintersloe School is available to view (click to read). The group has started a project on the history of Wintersloe School and is interested in anyone who would like to help or who can provide further information. For more details, visit our Projects page.
Boundary Commission’s Proposals for changes to parliamentary constituency boundaries
Following feedback received from their original (Stage 1) proposals, the Boundary Commission’s Stage 2 proposals for the reorganisation of Westminster Parliamentary boundaries have now been published and can be viewed at https://www.bce2018.org.uk/ . If you put in your postcode you’ll come up with a map that shows that the current Moseley and Kings Heath Ward is all within the new Birmingham Brandwood constituency. The document also includes proposals for the rest of Birmingham and the West Midlands. There is reason to doubt as to whether these proposals will ever receive parliamentary approval.
The Moseley Society – Caring for an historic area of Birmingham
Moseley is a diverse, vibrant suburb three miles south of central Birmingham, with fine Victorian and Edwardian housing, attractive green spaces and historic buildings. It is continually under pressure for further development, not always in keeping with the character of the area. The Moseley Society was formed to conserve and enhance the environment of Moseley and respond to development issues in collaboration with voluntary organisations and public bodies, increase understanding of Moseley’s heritage and encourage community participation. To read more about the Society, click here.
We continually monitor and respond to local development proposals and planning applications (click to view), with the aim of encouraging the enhancement of the Moseley environment, both built and natural. Everyone can play a part in keeping Moseley looking good by reporting problems to the Council via their website (click here to see how).
We also maintain the historic Dovecote and Icehouse on the former Moseley Hall estate, which the Society was instrumental in preserving (click to read more). We have created an attractive award-winning 18th century style garden around the Dovecote and are keen to enlist the support of knowledgeable gardeners to help with its maintenance and further development.
The Society plays an active part in local events such as the Moseley Festival and has an enthusiastic Local History group which welcomes new members (click to read more).
The Moseley Society is a member of Birmingham Heritage Forum – click here to visit their website for information and news about visitor attractions and heritage sites in Birmingham
If you are interested in joining the Society click here to see How to Join. Please note: We have recently discovered a problem that occurred with the How to Join page. It is now fixed but if you have set up a standing order but not yet heard from us please email email@example.com.