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Councillor Bob Fraser

 and by

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31 July 2017

Tutbury Remembers - Passchendaele

Tutbury lost four men from the village during the Battle of Passchendale - read about it here

18 December 2014

No Christmas Truce for Tutbury Soldier

The legend of the 1914 Christmas Truce is well known - less well know is that it only happened in a few places.  For most servicemen on that Christmas day, fighting and dying continued.  The first soldier from Tutbury to die in WWI was William Edgar Priestley of Cornmill Lane, aged 22, 2nd Bn Grenadier Guards - killed by a sniper on Christmas Day 1914.  

His death was not unique, rather it was one of many during the "Christmas Truce" - read about the reality of Christmas Day 1914

29 November 2014

2nd Edition of the Tutbury Book of Remembrance

The 2nd Edition of the Book has now gone to the printers and will be available after Christmas.  Copies will be given free to local libraries, museums, schools etc. and it will be available to buy at printing cost - £12.50 plus P&P

2 July 2014

A Village Remembers

The Parish Remembers” Exhibition, Hilton Village Hall - Sunday, 3rd August 2014  10.30 – 4.00pm and Monday, 4th August 2014   12.30pm – 4.00pm

23 April 2014

Appeal for Information - William Harry Walker - 16th (Scottish) Bn Canadian Expeditionary Force

(W) Harry Walker, a Tutbury man, emigrated to Canada in 1912, joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force, fought in France, was a PoW for three years, was demobbed back to Vancouver to work in a dynamite factory and died in hospital in Winnipeg in 1923 and was buried in Winnipeg’s Field of Honour.  He was added to the WWI plaque in the Lady Chapel of St. Mary’s Church Tutbury, presumably in 1923 - but there is a lot we do not know!  You can read all about him here - can you help with the missing information - why Winnipeg, what happened to his brother John (Oxs & Bucks), wounded twice - what happened to his four surviving sisters?  Read his story and see if you can help us.

17 April 2014

Goodnight George at the Brewhouse

We have been lucky enough to be involved as researchers for the Goodnight George project, based on the WWI letters of George Fearn, 1/6 Bn. North Staffs Regiment, killed in action 24 May 1917.  It involved Year 5 pupils from Richard Wakefield and Horninglow Primary Schools and was created by the independent theatre producers Alix Manning-Jones and Manya Benenson; it culminated in an exhibition and performance at the Brewhouse in March.  A description of the project and some excellent pictures by a young local photographer Tom Raworth can be seen here.

31 March 2014

2nd Edition of the Tutbury Book of Remembrance

The 2nd edition of the Book is due out in second quarter 2014 giving details of a further 40 WWI Fallen from the Tutbury area who Fell in WWI - details about the book and how to register your interest in a copy can be found here.

22 February 2014

Sgt CW Bull - Belgian Visit and Service 2014

As has been traditional in recent years, a Belgian delegation will be visiting Tutbury for a service of remembrance for Sgt. CW Bull from Tutbury who was killed in action at Gavere in 1944.  The service is to be held on Sunday 15th June at St. Mary’s - more details will be published nearer the time.

1 February 2014

Tutbury Book of Remembrance - Second Edition contents

The volume of research required for the Second Edition of the Tutbury Book of Remembrance plus the work being done on the War Memorial Preservation project (www.tutburywarmemorials.org.uk) has meant that we have had to reassess the content of the Second Edition.  We have now decided that it will only contain the extra WWI Fallen plus updates to the First Edition content; publication is targeted for early Second quarter 2014 in both hardcopy and online.  The hardcopy version will be free to museums, educational establishments and churches plus any relatives who have helped with our research; it will also be available to purchase at printing & P&P costs - printing costs are currently unknown but are estimated to be between £7.50 and £10.

The WWII Fallen will probably be published as a supplement, hopefully later in 2014.

30 January 2014

Goodnight George project update and Facebook page

From Alix Manning-Jones & Manya Benenson:

We just wanted to update with you with the latest news from the project and bring you on board with our digital progress!

Goodnight George Face book page is now live!


Please can we ask you to share and like the page. Please feel free to post any updates add your latest news, photos and any developments and links to what you are doing. Also feel free to forward this link to anyone else you feel would be interested, we want to galvanise as much involvement as possible. Help us to reach 500 likes by the end of February.

First Goodnight George Workshop in both schools has taken place.

Whole classes dramatized the First World War timeline, learnt a Wartime marching sequence and created their own scenes in the trenches. It was very exciting to see all the children so engaged and motivated to find out more.

We are looking forward to going back this Tuesday 4th February, where we preparing them for mobilisation and their trip to Staffordshire Regiment Museum on Thursday 6th February to write some letters in the trenches.

29 January 2014

Goodnight George - Then and Now Photographs

To assist with the Goodnight George project, we have supplied a number of then and now photographic sets with the ‘then’ photographs coming from either Tutbury Museum or Staffordshire Past-Tracks, the ‘now’ being taken on one of the few days in January when it was not raining.

12 January 2014

Coltman VC

The restored grave of Lance Corporal William Coltman VC will be rededicated on January 26 - article in the Burton Mail here - also see the Victoria Cross Trust

6 January 2014


A visit to the Lowry in Salford to see the National Theatre’s production of WarHorse - absolutely superb, and much more involving and interesting than the film.  For anyone interested, it is still on tour and returns to the Lowry at the end of July until mid September and then moves to the Regent in Stoke-on-Trent for a three week run - more information at www.warhorseonstage.com.

January 2014

Goodnight George

Theatre Producers Alix Manning-Jones & Manya Benenson have received £9,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project, in collaboration with the National Theatre’s production of WarHorse, entitled Goodnight George. Awarded through HLF’s First World War: then and now programme, the project will focus on engaging young people and communities to discover local heritage of the First World War. Working with two local primary schools (Richard Wakefield being one) the project will enable children from year 5 to make sense of the impact the war had on the soldiers, families and horses from Burton. Using some of the original letters written by Private George Fearn from Tutbury and exploring themes from the National’s Theatre’s WarHorse, children will discover the role of Burton’s famous brewery Shire Horses in the war. The project will enable heritage to become more accessible using theatre workshops to provide opportunities and disseminate learning with the wider community through an interactive sharing event to be staged at the Brewhouse Arts Centre in Burton on Trent on Thursday 20 March 2014.

The full project launch Press Release can be read here.  We are acting as researchers for the project

In the News 2014 (this page)

In the News Jun-Dec 2013 - here

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