100 years ago today Private Ernest Neil Shenton of the North Staffordshire Regiment was killed in action. He is remembered on panel 55 of the Menin Gate Memorial, and is also named on the memorial in Christ Church Wellington.

100 years ago today Private John Thomas Plant, 26, of the North Staffordshire Regiment was killed in action in the service of his country.  He is buried in Railway Dugouts Burial Ground and is remembered on the Lych Gate Memorial in Wellington.

Rest in peace.

100 years ago today, Ordinary Seaman Evan William Harris Vaughan, 29, of HMS Vanguard died in the service of his country. Shortly before midnight on 9 July 1917 at Scapa Flow, Vanguard suffered a series of magazine explosions. She sank almost instantly, with the loss of all except 2 of the men aboard. This is believed to be the biggest loss of live in a naval accident during WW1.

He is remembered on the Chatham Naval Memorial and on the Lych Gate memorial in Wellington.

Rest in peace.

Midsummer already!?

Despite a few strong gusts of wind, the weather remained very kind to all of the stallholders at the Wellington Midsummer Fair yesterday. We were well placed, being right next to the Lych Gate, and were delighted with how many people stopped to chat with us. We also had some very useful contacts to follow up!

Still no positive identification of the elusive Mr Shuker – but we’re still looking and will track him down if we possibly can!

Great to have so much local support, and to se other local causes being so busy, too!DSC07016

Especially good to have a visit from Dennis Allen, mayor of Wellington and his predecessor, Phil Morris Jones who both reinforced their support for the project.DSC07019

1 more sleep!

The Wellington Remembers crew are all packed up and ready to go for the Midsummer Fair tomorrow.

All we need now is a nice, sunny day, and lots of interested ‘customers’.

Even if you don’t have a family member named on the Lych Gate, please do come and say ‘Hello’ – we’d love to tell you a bit about what we’re doing, and you might even find a name, or address, that you recognise.

There’ll be a whole host of local groups – lots to see and do, and we’re told there could well be ice cream and cakes.  What’s not to like??


Midsummer – already??!

Bank holiday Monday has brought the usual bank holiday weather to Wellington – it’s much cooler than of late, and consequently more comfortable. Hopefully all of the rain/wind will be over in good time for us setting up our place at the Wellington Midsummer fair on 10 June! Looking forward to seeing lots of local people there, and maybe adding some detail to our research 😉

If you are, or think that you may be related to any of the men named on the Lych Gate, do pop along and see us on the day.  We’ll also be taking along a list of streets where we know some of the men lived.

This would also be a good opportunity to talk to members of the group if you might be tempted to volunteer with us – it isn’t all researching names, we have other jobs that might interest you, too!