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.

Memories of those who fought and died in the war.

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 to read more.

In memory of men killed in 1914

In memory of men killed in 1915

In memory of men killed in 1916

In memory of men killed in 1917

In memory of men killed in 1918

An interesting article Dora and Jack … a Moseley tale of love by Jim Hone tells the story of Lieutenant Colonel J H S Dimmer, a war hero and holder of the highest award for gallantry, the Victoria Cross, and his marriage to a local Moseley girl, Dora Bayley-Parker.  Click to view.

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.

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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