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Radcliffe Remembers WW1

The lives of a great many Radcliffe on Trent men, women and families were affected by the war. The men leaving the peaceful life of the village for unimagined horrors of the trenches, and for the families left at home their lives would be blighted by bereavement, insecurity and hardship. For women, new roles changed social attitudes towards their traditional roles within their families. 360 men from Radcliffe are named on the Roll of Honour.

Class of 1900: 14 of the children in the photograph were to serve in the war, 2 of whom did not return.

Back Row: Albert Vickerstaff, Gale Nowell, Harry Graves Middle Row: Alf Mills, Tom Flowers, Lewis Scrimshaw, Harold Flower Front Row: Harold Falconbridge, Ernie Walker, Fred Rushton.

During the War


Left: soldiers billeted with Jack Nowell

Centre: wounded soldiers, Jack Barry standing right with crutches.

New roles for women


Left: Gladys May Breedon, railway porter

Centre: Rosa Stafford, Radcliffe Red Cross nurse

Right: VADs from Lamcote House

The impact on some streets in Radcliffe: Bingham Road: (as above) 32 enlisted, 9 killed. Cropwell Road: 15 enlisted and 5 killed.

Radcliffe on Trent and the First World War www.radcliffeontrentww1.org.uk

Four Radcliffe soldiers

Boys sitting on ground: Herbert Flower,  Albert Rushton, Arthur Fletcher, Bill Graves.


Before the War

Main Road in 1914 would seem familiar today. The group of people are standing outside the Old Black Lion. public house.

Mount Pleasant: 12 enlisted and 4 killed. Victoria Street: 6 enlisted and 3 killed. Water Lane: 19 enlisted and 3 killed.


New website from Radcliffe U3A WW1 project