Heroes of the Great War

The Society organised two dedicated exhibitions – one at the Riverside Shopping Centre and one in St Lawrence’s church (CCT).

Heroes of WWI (exhibition at the Riverside Shopping Centre)

In conjunctions with the display in St Laurence’s Church in the latter part of 2014, the Society mounted a display in the Riverside shopping centre. This featured just three of the people of the Vale who fought in the Great War; Harry Gisbourne, Charles Doyle and Herbert Newsham.

riverside ww1 1a

The display also included items from the War including helmets and clothing, shell cases, and items associated with the barbed wire that was so much a feature of the trenches.

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riverside ww1 1d

We are grateful to the three families for the loan of their mementos for this display

Heroes of the Great War (exhibition at St Lawrence’s church)

The first display in St Lawrence’s Church was on the theme of “Heroes of the Great War”. Many people in Evesham volunteered for service in the Great War, in the Army, Navy or Air Force, and the display highlighted just a few of these. In particular the 2/8th Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment was formed in Evesham and went to fight in France in the later years of the War. The first panels concerned local volunteers:volunteers

five local heroes

The map below pin-points key places, and people, involved in the war effort:


The display linked to a display in Almonry and the Riverside shopping centre at the same time.

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