Wheathampstead during the Great War 1914-20

           

 

The History Society made two major contributions to how Wheathampstead commemorated the Great War.

 

A special edition of the parish magazine 'The Pump' was distributed free of charge in November 2018 to every one of the 2500 households in the parish. In full colour, it included 18 specially-commissioned articles about the myriad ways in which Wheathampstead was involved in the war effort. Click here for an online edition of the magazine.

 

Secondly, the History Society mounted an exhibition in the Memorial Hall, made up of more than 30 posters presenting information about the village during the war. It took place on 10 and 11 November 2018 and attracted more than 1200 visitors. The posters were displayed again on Village Day (14 July 2019) when they were seen by more than 500 people in one afternoon. To view the posters, click on a title in the list below.

 

Both projects were funded by a Heritage Lottery Grant.  

 

If you have any more information or stories about people or relatives who lived in the parish during this period please contact us via: wheathampstead.atwar@gmail.com

 

Contents

Click on the title below to open a poster from the exhibition.

Introduction

Then and now 

Those who served (click here for more information and here to download an Excel file with details of the 374 men and one woman from Wheathampstead who served in the Great War)

Occupations 

What regiments did local men serve in?                           

Where did you go in the war, Daddy? 

Joining the Yeo

Father & sons

Pals battalion

Charlie Collins (click here for more information)

Full military honours

Band of brothers

Last post

Conscription

Lucky escape

Bad timing

Victory!

Demob

Business as usual

Daisy, Daisy

Blackmore End

On the ration

Plough for victory (click here for more information)

Women on the land

National school

Parish council

‘Giant' raid

Church and chapel

Raising the bridge?

Village bobby  (click here for more information)

Pubs and beer houses

The great and the good

Acknowledgements