World War I
War Memorial exhibition

As part of the national commemoration to mark the centenary of the outbreak of war in 1914, Tadley and District History Society (TADS) researched the lives of the men listed on Tadley's war memorial.

A successful exhibition was held in the Community Centre on
Saturday 27 September 2014.

TADS World War I exhibition

The exhibition displayed TADS research on the lives of the 31 World War I men listed on the war memorial: Private Albert George Appleton, Driver Frederick George Appleton, Private Albert Henry Chapman, Private William James Cottrell, Walter John Cripps, Gunner Frederick Theodore Freeman, Private George Garrett, Private Herbert Golding, 2nd Lieutenant John Bertram Greenup, Lance Corporal Frank Bernard Kelsey, Lieutenant Donald Percival Lynden-Bell, Major Merrick Hugh McConnel, Private William James Monger, Sergeant Frederick Nash, Captain Thomas Edward Painton-Jones, Private Alfred Rampton, Sergeant Leonard George Rampton, Private William Percy Rampton, Private Thomas Rawlins, Private Ernest Alfred Sandford, Private Ernest Alfred Saunders, Driver John Saunders, Private Louis Stacey, Private Tom Taylor, Sergeant Henry Trusler, Company Sergeant Major George Warren, Private Frederick Charles Webb, Private Arthur George West, Gunner Harvey West and Private Israel West.

Information on each of the 31 men

TADS World War I exhibition

In addition, the exhibition also included displays on 'Tadley War Memorial', 'Tadley in 1914 - population and employment', 'Tadley in 1914 - village life', 'Tadley in 1914 - village life during the war', a 1914-18 timeline, campaign maps and information on medals.

Notable attendees included Councillor Anne Court, Deputy Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, and Sir George Young, MP for North West Hampshire, also Councillor David Leeks (Tadley Town Council).

TADS World War I exhibition

Contributions of Sherborne and Pamber Societies added greatly to the exhibition as did the excellent children's work from The Hurst Community College and The Priory Primary School.

It took three and a half hours to set-up the exhibition on Friday evening and Saturday morning. There was some trepidation at 10.00 am on Saturday wondering if anyone would come, but we needn't have worried. There was an excellent turn-out, with a constant stream of visitors all day long.

The press were there (Basingstoke Gazette reporter and photographer, and Newbury Weekly News photographer). Councillor Anne Court, the Deputy Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, and Sir George Young, MP for North West Hampshire were there, also Councillor David Leeks (Tadley Town Council).

The contributions of Sherborne and Pamber Societies added greatly to the exhibition as did the excellent children's work from The Hurst Community College and The Priory Primary School.

TADS World War I exhibition

All the exhibits were safely dismantled and packed away in less than an hour ready to go into the library, Hurst, and/or St Paul's Hall.

Many people congratulated TADS on the exhibition, both on the day and by letter and email in the following days.

British Legion collecting boxes were placed around the hall and a magnificent total of 70.30 pounds was raised from donations.

Following the success of the exhibition at the Tadley Community Centre on 27 September 2014 the exhibition was displayed in Tadley Library throughout October. To coincide with the National Day of Remembrance the exhibition was displayed at St Paul's Church and Church Hall, The Green, Tadley on Saturday 8 November 13:00 - 16:00 and Sunday 9 November 10:30 - 17:00. Afterwards, pupils and staff at The Hurst Community College had the opportunity to view the exhibition when it went on display at the school for a week from Monday 10 November 2014.

For further information on the Tadley War Memorial exhibition, please contact TADS (email: tadshistory@gmail.com; tel: 0118 970 1578;
post: 5 Church Road, Pamber Heath, Hampshire RG26 3DP.)

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Page updated: Thursday 18 August 2016.
Review date: 31 December 2016.