I haven’t managed to find out much about Brinsop Court during the First World War but there is lots going on in Herefordshire to remember those times and to commemorate the 100 years since the beginning of World War I. For the full list head to the council’s website, but below are some of the highlights:
In September there is a flower festival weekend on at Pudleston church and at 5pm on Saturday 13th, the village choir invites everyone to sing some of the well known Songs that Won the War! Sounds fun. There is also a flower festival on in Hereford Cathedral in September from 4th to the 6th which I am sure will be a magnificent display of flowers and arrangements.
On the theme of the Cathedral and singing, on 18th October at 7.30 there is a military charities concert at the Cathedral featuring the British Police Symphony Orchestra and choirs from the Cathedral School.
There are some heart rending personal stories on the BBC Hereford and Worcester website and I suspect there are many more that haven’t been published. In another part of the BBC website is a round-up of places that tell a story about WWI. They are worth browsing through and you can hear, see and read the snippets of stories about the effects.
This week the Hereford Times has a photo sent in by a reader showing more than 60 young men enlisting on Hereford’s Castle Green in August 1914.
But it’s not just about the men who left the UK to go to war, but the efforts of the people who were left behind. Campaigners are calling for a memorial for 6,000 people who worked in a World War One munitions factory in Hereford. The workers at Rotherwas munitions factory included 4,000 women, who were known as the “canary girls” because many contracted jaundice through the work, which turned their skin yellow. The factory was constructed by the Ministry of Munitions and shell filling began there on 11 November 1916. Workers were brought from all over Great Britain and Ireland. The recruits who came in were girls from the farms and domestic servants. However, the chemicals in the explosives caused many of the women to contract toxic jaundice, which turned their hair and skin yellow and caused tooth decay. Sounds awful.
We also have a museum in Hereford dedicated to the Herefordshire Light Infantry, which is normally only open by appointment, however on Saturday 13th September it will be open to the public from 10 to 3 and no appointment is necessary.
If you are interested in WWI and Herefordshire there is lots here to see and do which will educate and inform and course we’d be delighted if you came and stayed here too.