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Local Stories

Part one; an assortment of tales

User Avatar Penelope Lovesy 16/01/2021 13:09:38

Happy New Year readers.  As we begin a new year and another lockdown, I thought that I could educate and entertain you with a new blog concentrating on local stories.  These stories will be taken from research that is ongoing in the History Centre, volunteer projects and fascinating enquiries.   

In this first blog I want to showcase an existing resource of local stories, all connected to the First World War era.  Poole Museum’s award winning Poole, the First World War and its Legacy website; https://www.pooleww1.org.uk/ was created after years of research by staff and volunteers.  Alongside the website we created a blog to explore some of the research in more depth and tell an array of stories.  You can find the blog here; https://ww1poole.wordpress.com/  

I have picked out a few of my favourite stories to share here, carefully researched and written by our Culture Volunteers. They represent only a snapshot of what is available to discover on the blog. 

The first is that of George Edward Ford; https://ww1poole.wordpress.com/2019/10/26/george-edward-ford-a-survivor-of-gallipoli/  

In the Museum collection we have a pencil sketch drawn by George E Ford in 1916 whilst he was at ANZAC Cove, Gallipoli.  Remarkably the sketch, and George, survived the war.  This article tells some of his story. 

Next, the tale of a ‘woman of many names’; https://ww1poole.wordpress.com/2019/06/19/the-astounding-record-of-a-poole-girl/ This astonishing article recounts the story and tangled life of Alice Ada Fricker, born in Cinnamon Lane, Poole in 1871.  She went on to achieve certain notoriety in the newspapers of her time.   

Finally, as can be expected from a wartime blog, a heart-breaking story of the loss of three brothers;  Sydney Woodroffe, ‘a boy with a wistful smile’ and Poole’s teenage Victoria Cross winner and his two brothers; https://ww1poole.wordpress.com/2019/06/08/the-tragic-story-of-sidney-woodroffe-pooles-teenage-vc-winner-and-his-brothers/  

Here, Ed Perkins, a Culture Volunteer, pieces together the account of this family from Branksome Park. 

I hope that you enjoy reading these stories and the wealth of articles that can be found on our First World War blog.   

In the coming weeks and months, I hope to bring you many more local stories that we have uncovered and pieced together through our research, and I hope that you might share some of your local stories with me. 


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