I have always been interested in history and the things you can collect which give you a sense of what happened in times past.  It’s a real passion of mine.  The items here are part of my collection from the time of the First World War. They include the following:

  • Parts of bayonets and other weaponry made into fire irons
  • A bicycle lamp complete with shutter for use in the blackout (2 views)
  • A shell case which has been beautifully decorated.  These items are known as ‘trench art.’
  • Close-ups of the individual fire irons (3 views)
  • An embroidered postcard sent home as a souvenir
  • Group possibly on trench digging detail as part of their training
  • Reverse of postcard showing greeting
  • 3 further embroidered postcards
  • Shropshire Royal Horse Artillery, possibly camped near Lea Cross 1913
  • Shropshire Royal Horse Artillery in training locally
  • Kings Shropshire Light Infantry (KSLI) in training locally
  • Bruce Bairnsfather cartoon postcard
  • Cartoon postcard
  • Postcard entitled: ‘Tommies enjoy their dip somewhere on the East coast.”
  • Possibly local soldier on training
  • Shropshire Royal Horse Artillery on training locally
  • Newspaper photograph of Shropshire Royal Horse Artillery.  Captain Worthington Jones (centre) was later killed in action.
  • Shropshire Infantry & Yeomanry (S.I.Y.) camp at Plealey
  • Woman driver with soldiers near the Deanery Hall, Pontesbury, opposite Hignett’s shop.  The soldiers are wearing the distinctive uniform for convalescing servicemen and were probably based at Earlsdale House in Pontesford, used as a convalescent home for eighteen months during the war years.