News from the Brandon, Bretford & Wolston History Group

February 19, 2015

The history group are currently working on a number of projects.  Most recently, we have been interviewing some local residents and ex-residents, who remember life in the villages in the 1930’s-50’s.  We hope to put all this information together to gain a view of village life during this time.  There have been some interesting stories on local families, events in the villages and life during WWII.  If you or someone you know lived in the villages during this period, we would love to hear from you. 

 

One of our history group members is looking into the 1911 census and creating a snapshot of life for this year.  He has been looking at all the families listed in the census and where they lived.  It is hoped that we can compare the location of buildings in 1911 with the current layout of the villages.  It is also a great foundation for our work researching the men who served in WWI. 

 

We have also been busy continuing our research for WWI.  The list of men who served from the villages is nearly at 200.  We have included everyone that had a connection with the villages; whether they were born here, lived here when they enlisted or were connected with someone who lived in Brandon, Bretford & Wolston.  This provides us with a broad viewpoint of the effect the war had on the villages and makes sure we don’t miss anyone from our research.  We have recently found a couple of women who served as nurses during the war; both who worked in hospitals in this country. 

 

Our research for WWI relies heavily on the documents that still exist and unfortunately many British Army service records were burnt during a WWII bombing raid on the War Office in London, where the records were stored.  To support our research, we had been looking at the local newspapers including the Coventry Herald, Coventry Standard, Coventry Graphic, Coventry Evening Telegraph and Rugby Advertiser.  As an example of the gems of information that can be found in the newspapers, we recently found the roll of honour supplied by Bluemel Bros. Ltd (published by the Coventry Herald on 7th May 1915):

 

BLUEMEL BROS., LTD.

FIRM’S ROLL OF HONOUR

[Exclusive to “Coventry Herald”]

 

The following is a complete roll of honour of the employees of Messrs, Bluemel Bros., Ltd., who have joined H.M. Forces since the outbreak of the war.  Two of the former workmen have been unfortunately killed, and nine have been promoted:

 

Employees

8              Warren,              Isaac.

32           Williams,             William.

41           Elliott,                  Frank.

43           Gilbert,                Frank (Corporal).

44           Watkins,              William.

63           Webb,                  Thos. (Lance-Corporal).

65           Davies,                 John.

67           Worsey,               George.

69           Gothard,              Fred.

75           Flowers,               William.

76           Tompkins,           John.

84           Reed,                    Sidney.

85           Robbins,              Fred.    

88           Barton,                George.

98           Davies,                 Walton.

99           Thetford,             Thos. (Bombardier).

111         White,                  William.

115         Essex,                   John.

129         Edmans,              Percy (Sergeant).

133         Brookes,              William.

139         Clarke,                  Walter.

140         Newcombe,        Robert.

142         Smith,                  John.

144         Smith,                  James.

149         Murden,              ames.

151         Woodley,            Alfred.

152         Jeacock,               James.

154         Hobday,              Fred.

156         Dunbar,              Alex. (Sergeant).

161         Powis,                 Walter.

173         Knutton,             H.

175         Colledge,            Walter.

182         Compton,           Robert.

195         Walton,               Thomas.

196         Ward,                  Sidney.

203         Allen,                   George.

204         Fawdry,               James.

205         Roberts,              William.

207         Hirons,                Fred.

209         Jameson,            Richard.

212         Richardson,       Chas.

217         Lott,                    Edwin.

222         Woodley,           Herbert.

226         Smallwood,       Owen.

232         Edmonds,          William.

233         Watts,                 George.

235         Newcombe,       Chas.

236         Lixenfield,          Chas.

237         Hopkins,             Frank.

238         Orton,                 Harry.

239         Webb,                 Frederick.

241         Wells,                  Robert.

242         Webb,                 John.

244         Butlin,                 Roland.

247         Owen,                 George.

248         Jones,                  Thomas.

249         Howard,             Fred. (killed).

252         Willets,               James (killed).

258         Owen,                Walter.

259         Hancox,             Walter.

261         Cox,                    Edward.

262         Treen,                Sidney.

269         Hirons,              Herbert.

270         Bottrill,              Wallace.

271         Wells,                 William.

272         Wells,                 Frank (Lance-Corporal).

275         Buggins,            Percy.

277         Hancox,             Charles.

286         Rowe,                 Sidney.

 

Staff.

Bluemel,              F.W.

Bluemel,              Neville (Corporal).

Bluemel,              Roland (Corporal).

Newman,            J.E.

Woodings,          Chas. (Sergeant).

 

Do you recognise any names on the list?  We would love to hear from you, if you have any stories, photographs or documents.  We are also looking for any photographs of the villages from the beginning of the 20th Century. 

 

For more information on the history group, please have a look at our web site:  http://www.bbw-history-group.co.uk

 

We also have a Facebook page (search for Brandon, Bretford and Wolston History Group).

 

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