The World War 1 Project

The Moseley Society Local History Group’s WWI project will run until 2018. The project involves researching local war memorials and telling the stories of some of those who fought and died in the War.  We are also looking at those who served in supporting roles (such as nurses) and at life back home in Moseley, including the role of Moseley women, land use (e.g. allotments), volunteering at local auxiliary hospitals and fund-raising.

Memorials to men killed in World War 1

There were 198 men from Moseley killed in World War 1 who were commemorated on 10 different Moseley war memorials.  This spreadsheet lists the names of these 198 men (click to view).
Click below to view each of these 10 war memorials and the Wintersloe School Roll of Honour:-

1. St. Mary’s Church   –  2. St Anne’s Church  –  3. St Agnes’ Church  –  4. Calvary Church of God in Christ (formerly the Baptist Church)  
5. St Columba’s United Reform Church   –  6. Cambridge Road Methodist Church –  
7. Moseley Ashfield Cricket Club
  –  8. Moseley Football Club (Rugby Union)  –  9. Moseley Golf Club  –  10. Windermere United Services Club  –
11.Wintersloe School Roll of Honour

This Schools’ Educational Package for WW1 has been produced to assist teachers who are planning projects for Moseley school children to commemorate World War 1 as we approach the anniversary of Armistice Day. The document includes a long list of useful reference sources including those on this web site.

Articles on men killed in World War 1 commemorated on the St Mary’s Church war memorial

Edwina Rees has been researching the lives of those commemorated on the War Memorial in St Mary’s Church 100 years after their deaths.  The following articles tell the stories of these men killed in action in the war who are commemorated on the war memorial.   Click on the year to read articles on the men who were killed in that year:-

1914   —    1915    —   1916    —  1917   —  1918

Further Articles on men killed in World War1

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.

An article on Captain Roger Cholmeley MC describes the life of a man of action (click to view) 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.

An article about Andrew Franklin CVO, (click to view) who accumulated an impressive collection of Chinese ceramics and art whilst working as a British diplomat in China, subsequently bequeathing a large portion of it to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.  The article also describes his interesting 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.

There is also an article on Percy Jeeves the cricketer who played for Moseley Cricket Club and who was killed on the Western Front in 1916. Click to view.

Family Stories

You can also read stories about the part played by certain families in World War 1.  Click to view.

The Frazier brothers in WW1Gordon who fought in the Battle of Passchendaele and Rowland who was shot down in a bombing raid over Bulgaria and wrote accounts of his exploits for Popular Flying and The National Review magazines.

The Underhill family in WW1  – the stories of  Lieutenant Baron Collingwoode Seymour Underhill, Private Thomas John Vincent Underhill, Lieutenant Andrew Victor Barclay and Captain Leo Edward Barton.

Toc H

There is 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.

Conscientious Objectors

These articles tell the stories of conscientious objectors during the war, their moral beliefs and the treatment they received.

Harry Payne, a local personality who was a conscientious objector during WW1 and subsequently decided to run his business on co-operative profit-sharing lines.  You can also read the story about him in Moseley Personalities HERE.
George Ewan – a detailed account of George’s experiences in prison as a conscientious objector during WW1
Beatrice Cadbury and Kees Boeke,
Quakers and pacifists who opposed the war and faced considerable opposition from the authorities, including imprisonment, but remained true to their faith.

 

On 5/7/2015 the Group visited the King Edward’s School War Memorial.  Click to read an account of the visit.

There is an article in Local History Newsletter June 2012 featuring local people’s oral histories of World War 1. (Click to view)

See also the gallery of World War 1 photographs showing life in Moseley during the War and damage sustained to Moseley buildings.

 

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