Thornbury at War 2016-10-25T14:26:43+00:00

EARLY SOLDIERS AND SEAMEN – snippets of information about people from Thornbury and the surrounding areas who served in the armed forces during the 1800’s.

In the course of our research we have come across snippets of information about people from Thornbury and the surrounding areas who served in the Army during the 1800’s.  Most of the records were found in the catalogue of the Public Records Office or on the Ancestry website.  Read about these early Soldiers  

 It is somewhat surprising to us how many Thornbury men became seamen.  In the course of our research we have come across snippets of information about people from Thornbury and the surrounding areas who served in the Royal Navy during the 1800’s and the early 1900’s.  Most of the records were found in the catalogue of the Public Records Office or on the Ancestry website.  Read about these early Seamen  

Volunteer army units and militias had often been formed in England in times of need when the country was under the threat of attack or needed extra troops to fight overseas.    Read about the Volunteer Rifles 1886 to 1895

BOER WAR (1899 – 1902) – unfortunately we don’t have any lists of the Thornbury men who served in the Boer War or any details of any who may have perished there.  However during the course of our research for the Thornbury Roots website we have discovered the names of several men with local connections who served in South Africa in the War.  Click here to read about these men

DIARY OF WILLIAM HOLPIN – we are grateful to Denise Cousins for allowing us to see William’s diary which covers 6 months in 1900 when he was serving as a bomber in the Boer War. We are particularly interesting to read about the distances which William’s unit covered during those months and it is worth referring to the places he names using an atlas or Google Maps.  Click here to read the diary

We would be grateful to hear from anyone who can tell us the names of anyone else who served there from Thornbury and provide us with any other information.

FIRST WORLD WAR (1914 – 1918) – Britain declared war on Germany on 4th August 1914.  On 22nd August a report appeared in the Gazette saying that recruitment was taking place in Thornbury and District for Lord Kitchener’s Second Army.  J. H. Bond, a retired naval officer of Castle Street was the local recruitment officer.  The men being enlisted at that time had to be between the age of 19 and 30, unless they were old soldiers who could be up to the age of 42.  No men already serving as Territorials would be accepted.  Enlisted soldiers were to serve for the duration of the War or if they chose for a period of 3 years and were told they could chose almost any corps they liked.  During the next 5 years the town and surroundings paid a heavy price …….  Click here to read about Thornbury in WWI

SECOND WORLD WAR (1939 – 1945) – Britain declared war on Germany on 3rd September 1939.  Again Thornbury and its people played its part.   We have a collection of information about the service men and women who came from Thornbury.  There are also pages about the Home Front, including the evacuees who came to Thornbury and the prisoners of war in nearby camps.   Click here to read about Thornbury in WWII

We would love to hear from anyone with any information which we can add to the website

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