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 ūüėČ

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!

Worth the wait!

Apologies that it has been so long since we last posted here. We have been working hard behind the scenes applying for funding through Heritage lottery Fund.

The wonderful news is that we have been successful in our bid, and now have the go ahead to start the real work that his project will involve!  Thanks to National Lottery players, we now have the funds that we will need to learn more about the people who are named on the Lych Gate. Watch out for regular updates, as we learn more about the lives behind the names.

We’ll be in the churchyard on Saturday 10th June at the Midsummer Fair – it would be great to see lots of people there, and maybe even one or two who are able to share a bit of information with us!


C J Beard

We would really like to contact the person who put a Remembrance cross for CJ Beard at the Lych Gate on Sunday last.

A quick look at records that survive:- a letter was received at Woolwich Dockyard on 20 Oct 1918¬† from Mr Beard asking about his son’s health; the letter shows that it was written from Red Lion High Street Wellington. CJ Beard served in Salonica.

If your relative is the CJ Beard referred to in these documents and commemorated on the Lych Gate, we would very much like to have your help in researching and telling his story.


Reflections on Armistice Weekend 2016

When we started out on the Wellington Remembers 1914-1918 project pilot , it was a lot smaller than it is now!  Initially, the idea was to find photographs of the men named on the Lych Gate.  As the idea grew to include biographies of each person, we also talked about how the names on the Lych Gate overlapped with other memorials in town.  Inevitably there have been suggestions that we should increase our scope to include all of those memorials as well.

Whilst that isn’t feasible in the scope of what we’re doing now, it’s certainly worth looking at those other memorials and comparing names.

There’s a big overlap of names with the memorial at Christchurch – of 80 names, only 12 aren’t also remembered on the Lych Gate memorial.

The Methodist church memorial tablets name 13 men who died – 10 of them are shared with the Lych Gate memorial.


St Patricks has 10 names on the memorial at the front of the church Р9 of these are also on the Lych Gate memorial.


We know that there are other memorials in town, but thought it worth sharing those we have ready access to.

It should also be remembered that by no means all of the Wellington men who died in service in World War 1 are named on local memorials.  Some families will have preferred not to have a public memorial, for a variety of reasons. Some may not have had the opportunity. Whilst we are concentrating on a limited number of names in this project, we are mindful that there are many others equally deserving of respectful remembrance, particularly at this time of national remembrance.



Wellington Remembers in style

As we approached Armistice day last week,  groups and individuals made preparations to make their own personal act of remembrance, some of our shops have made a super effort to make sure that Wellington Remembers!

Of course, we shouldn’t forget the permanent reminder that the Plough gives us year round!


Well done, Wellington!

A great way to help preserve the memory of all those who have given their lives through the years.