Used with permission of The Coventry Society
UPDATE: 21/07/2014- The Coventry Telegraph has a whole section of their site dedicated to World War I. To visit click HERE
Update (8.03.2014)-There have been a few updates to The Coventry Society website. Since the below feature was published, the Baginton Church memorial has been added their site. Additionally, The Coventry Society is now collaborating with The Herbert and Coventry University, the latter of which will be employing four history students to research memorials.
Thanks to The Coventry Society for this information.
When one thinks of War and Coventry, one looks to November 14th 1940. But this wasn’t the only war to afflict Coventry. The 1914-18 war, known as “The Great War”, was one such other. Like the first, men lost their lives serving their country, families were torn apart, in both a physical and mental sense. In modern times, the BBC comedy series Blackadder (most specifically Blackadder Goes Forth), is used to show life during that torrid time. But this isn’t reality. This isn’t what war was like. There was no laughter, there was no audience. This was real life, men sent to war, whether they wanted to or not. There was no laugher, there was no audience.
2014 is the centenary of the First World War, 100 years. 2014 is the year where the sacrifices, the loss are laid bare once more, this year all the more prominent.
On the 21st September 2013, I conducted an interview with Julie and Chris O’ Connell of local theatre company Theatre Absolute, as regards to it’s 100 Project, a project which sought (and indeed seeks) to tell the story of the Great War through theatre. A few weeks later (18th October 2013), I visited the 100 Project for myself, my first time visiting such an event. You can read my review, along with donated materials from Theatre Absolute as well as really great overview video from Mindriot Productions below.
To hear the interview, click the first graphic, to see the review by Coventry Culture, click the second graphic.
Last night, purely by chance, I came across this great (as in great feature) set up by The Coventry Society, a civic society which I have come to be informed about on a regular basis, which seeks to detail the many War Memorials in Coventry.
If I am entirely honest, I’ve never stopped to think such before, but as with everything on this blog, I’m finding new things to showcase and promote everyday and I continue to be amazed as the gems that Coventry uncovers.
Anyway, back onto topic.
The Coventry Society’s War Memorial list is not finished, not complete and they would really like your help in uncovering other memorials. If you have any information, contact The Coventry Society via the web form on their site or via firstname.lastname@example.org
But enough words from me….head on over to the site via the graphic below…
But there’s more….with permission from and thanks to the Imperial War Museum, below is a link to their official 1914.org site, the official website to mark the centenary of the First World War. Also be sure to visit the official First World War records at The National Archives via the corresponding link;
BUT DON’T CLICK AWAY YET!!!
Below, with permission from and thanks to The Coventry Society, are some images from their Flickr photo set. To view the below images, including the image at the beginning of this feature AT SOURCE, just click on them individually and you’re set!
Thank you once again to The Coventry Society for use of their images and the Imperial War Museum: WW1 Centenary for the linkage to it’s site