Biddulph & District during the Great War
The group was formed in May 2013 with the aim of creating an archive of information about the men of Biddulph who served in the First World War and to raise awareness of the effects of the war on the locality. It is hoped that as research progresses we will be able to stage displays at the local library and to add information to the web site as a means of commemorating those who served in the Great War. The resulting archive or ‘Great War Parish Chest’ will be deposited at the local library for all to access.
Launch of the project in September 2013 by means of a display in the local library.
At the November 2013 Meeting Mr Steven Dean, Staffordshire County Council Archaeologist, presented a talk entitled “The Great World War Camps of Cannock Chase”.
(See The Great World War Camps of Cannock Chase).
At the April 2014 meeting Mike Turnock presented a talk entitled “The Great War – Memories from Biddulph”.
(See The Great War - Memories from Biddulph).
In September 2014 the Project Team mounted a display giving information on all soldiers from Biddulph who died in the Great War. The display was available to view at Biddulph Library for all of September.
At the November 2014 meeting the Society devoted the evening to further research and discussion of the researh into the The Great War
(See A World War I Research Evening).
There was also a display of the work completed by the Project Team on the Great War project.
The November 2105 meeting was held in in the Methodist Chapel at the Victoria Centre the meeting was the first performance of a play written by local author, Bill Ridgway, entitled “Till the Boys Come Home - Biddulph Valley Goes to War”. The play reading was a homage to the men from Biddulph and the surrounding area who gave their lives in the First World War. Many members of the Society were involved and the proceeds from the evening were donated to the British Legion.
(See Till the Boys Come Home - Biddulph Valley Goes to War).
In March 2015 the Society published Michael Turnock’s book ‘Moor to War’ the story of two friends from Biddulph Moor who went off together to fight in the Great War 1914 - 1918.
In November 2017 the Society published Michael Turnock’s book “Always Doing His Duty” the story of John Harold Rhodes VC DCM and bar. This was the centenary year of remembrance for John Harold Rhodes who died on those far-away battlefields in France in November 1917.
Come back soon for further details and updates.
First World War Centenary
The Imperial War Museum has set up a First World War Centenary web site here. This site has links to many other First World War related sites.
Project Team and Contacts
Elaine Heathcote, Michael Turnock, Kathleen Walton and the late Elaine BryanIf you have any information that you would like to contribute to the project then please get in touch by e-mailing the group via Ask the Reverend Hadfield.
David Barker, Staffordshire’s Great Trail Project leader for inspiration and advice.
Staff at Congleton Chronicle
Staff at Stoke-on-Trent City Archives, Hanley.