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Marlborough History Society - 2018 War Memorials Project

 

Marlborough History Society are pleased to announce that their 2018 War Memorials project - to gather all local research available on WW1 village war memorials and publish on our website - is now complete.  Please go to www.marlboroughhistorysociety.co.uk and follow the link to 'histories'.  All eighteen villages in our area plus Marlborough College have replied, and current photos of all war memorials in the area are included.

 

Some villages went to a lot of trouble to find and send detailed research on the names on their memorials, and even contributed a few fascinating contemporary photographs of the scenes at the dedication services. We have located memorial halls, church plaques, stone crosses, two lychgates and a clock!

 

The project can now provide a wonderful opportunity for WW1 research and analysis in the future, both genealogical and straight historical, of the whole of our area. Further relevant data can always be incorporated.

 

It has given us great pleasure to make contact with other keen local historians, representing the local villages surrounding Marlborough, to enable this to happen. We should be very happy for our website to be used to publish other village history projects in the future.

 

Further information - Mary Spender, MHS Projects, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Marlborough lecture - Richard Cooper, a life of adventure

Richard Cooper finishing the World Ironman Championship in HawaiiRichard Cooper finishing the World Ironman Championship in HawaiiRichard Cooper, who lived in Marlborough for twenty years, will be speaking about his passion for adventure when he gives this year’s Kempson/Rosedale Enterprise Trust's lecture in the Ellis Theatre at the College at 7.30 pm on Sunday December 2.  The lecture will be beautifully illustrated with photographs, many of wildlife.

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ARMISTICE 1918: Marlborough area's home front begins to get back to a sort of normality - very slowly

Celebrating: an American themed dance in Marlborough Town Hall (Photo courtesy Marlborough History Society - with thanks) Celebrating: an American themed dance in Marlborough Town Hall (Photo courtesy Marlborough History Society - with thanks) In the days after the Armistice, there were celebrations in Marlborough.  On Wednesday, 13 November 1918 a committee of ladies, headed by Mrs W. E. Free, held a dance with an American theme in the Town Hall - pictured above. The music was provided by ‘Jazz’ Thomas and his American Band. 

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Remembrance Sunday: Marlborough remembers

The Last Post rings out as Colours are lowered during the Remembrance Parade at the Barn Street War MemorialThe Last Post rings out as Colours are lowered during the Remembrance Parade at the Barn Street War MemorialThe sun shone for Marlborough's Armistice Centenary Remembrance Parade.  Mayor Lisa Farrell led today's wreath-laying ceremony at the War Memorial adjacent to the Barn Street roundabout.

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