Well Remembered: Herefordshire men and women relate their experiences of the First World War
The stories are based on original recordings made by the county reminiscence group, Herefordshire Lore and Herefordshire’s Home Front in the First World War by Bill Laws.
Alternatively, if you’d like to book a free MP3 player to listen to the audio stories during your visit, please contact Hereford Cathedral on 01432 374212 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to the Eveson Trust, a charity which supports projects for people with disabilities, for generously funding the MP3 players to support our audio stories.
The Conscientious Objector read by Marsha O’Mahony (duration 6.14)
Stanley Powell was charged under the Defence of the Realm Act in 1916 when he mounted a protest against the war at the annual May Fair. His conscientious objection was given short shrift in court and he was eventually court martialled.
The Farmer read by David Warnes (Duration 5.05)
The farming suffered badly during the First World War. Farmers lost their men, their horses and much of their land, which was put to the plough. Robert Bellamy survived four years abroad, only to catch Spanish flu just as the Armistice was declared.
The Little Refugee read by Bill Laws (Duration 3.54)
Among the 250,000 Belgian refugees who arrived in London at the start of the war was a toddler, Irene Stewart. She became known as the Little Refugee.
The Munitioneer read by Shona Warnes (Duration 5.05)
Annie Slade came up from the valleys to work 12 hour shifts as a munitioneer at the National Filling Factory in Rotherwas. Exposure to the chemicals turned her hair and skin yellow: “They called us canaries”.
The Soldier read by Colin Crawford (Duration 4.56)
Percy Pritchard was a veteran of Gallipoli, the Camel Corp and the newly-formed Flying Squadron. He met King Farouk and Lawrence of Arabia in the Middle East, but also witnessed some tragic events. He experiences them all with quiet acceptance, until the death of his dog.
Herefordshire Schools First World War writing competition (duration 0.55)
An art and writing competition for schools was held in Herefordshire on the theme of the First World War. Over 400 entries were received, including some remarkable poetry and prose.
These are some extracts read by students from Whitecross High School and Specialist Sports College:
Dear Diary: by Libby
The Horses War: by Isla
The Animals of the Battlefield: by Cameron
Rain: by Katy
Times of Loss: by Sophie
The Trenches: by Callum
In the Trench: by Archie
Touching My Daughter’s Hand: by Ayesha
The Telegram Boy: by Katie
You can see the competition entries at various locations in Hereford
Thank you to all the children and young people who took part in the competition and to all those who helped produce these incredible sound bites.