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Stonehouse History Group Journals Issue 4 & 5 can be purchased from The Town Hall in the High Street or The Curiosity Shop in Queens Road.
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On the edge of the Cotswolds
9 miles south of Gloucester
3 miles west of Stroud
Height 41 Metres/135 Feet
Postcode GL10 in Google maps.
Stonehouse History Group
Programme and Events
We meet at the Town Hall in the High Street Stonehouse
Every 2nd Weds in the month
If you wish to join our group just come along to any meeting.
Weds Sept 14th 7 30pm
Blood Guts & a little off the top!
Weds Oct 12th 7 30pm
Sudbrook & the Severn Tunnel
Weds Nov 9th 7 30pm
The man who took Stroud’s
Weds Dec 14th 7-30pm
Old photographs of the Ship junction Supplied by Dave Redbond.
Alfred James Durn from Whiteshill joined the British army in 1911 age 17. By the time of the Battle of the Somme in 1916 he was an acting Corporal. From his memoirs:-
…The battle of the Somme, when every body who could stand was drafted to France. We arrived to reinforce our 2nd Battalion who had been badly cut up, we joined them while they were out at rest behind the Somme battle front.
We were soon sent to the trenches and what a mess mud, mud, mud every where, water up to our knees, four days in the lines was as much as any one could take, lying doggo during the day and patrolling at night.
This went on until November 1916 when we attacked toward the town of Albert, this when our tanks were used for the first time. We attacked at dawn after crawling forward to the assembly point, after a terrific bombardment we advanced with not a lot of opposition, after passing the H.L.I. we continued to advance till we arrived at the third line of defence of the Germans.
Whether we advanced too quickly or our guns failed to lift the barrage I do not know, but the shells dropping behind us were knocking us out, one lump of shell made a big dent in my steel helmet, any way away we went again. I had not gone far when a shell dropped close behind me and down I went with a lump of shell in the back of my thigh. Having rolled into a shell hole I soon had my jack knife out and cut my trousers in order to apply my 1st aid field dressing.
Having lain there for a while to get over the shock I found a bit of pole and started to hobble back as I thought to the rear.
Other lads were lying around, but my only thought was to obtain a bit of cover from the stuff that was flying about. Eventually I dropped into a trench occupied by the H.L.I. Here a Sgt. bandaged me and said “You will be in England by Christmas" and directed me to the casualty clearing station….
Welcome to our History Journal 2016 Issue 6
Which is now available to purchase.
This year several of our articles feature the memories of people who have lived in Stonehouse, either for many years or just for a short spell. Their time in our town has influenced their lives and we are glad to record their experiences. Both Audrey Broomhall and Roy Edwards have recently re-visited the scenes of their youth with great enjoyment.
We are continuing to interview residents past and present about their recollections of life in Stonehouse. Indeed we have several articles in the pipeline for Issue 7. There are only a few of us involved in writing and editing, so please understand if we have recorded your memories and not published them yet. We will get around to it eventually. We talked to Tom Round-Smith several times over the past few years and were very sorry to hear of his death on 13th March this year. We learned a huge amount of historical detail from the records his grandfather kept, and from Tom’s own memories.
As always we would be glad to hear from you if you have information to add to the topics covered in this Journal.
The editorial team July 2016