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WWI Real People, Real Stories – Can you help?


07 May 2014

Our Collections Team and Learning Assistants are working hard researching people of the past, upon whom we can base characters for our WWI Black Country Goes to War activities in the summer.

They are particularly interested in Gertrude Bytheway, who was a teacher from Walsall, who went on to volunteer as a Nurse through the VAD. We have a lot of information on Gertrude’s war record, but would be grateful to know if you remember her family.

Another gentleman, who was an accomplished machine gun corp, was twin Ernest Frederick Webb, who lived in Brook Road back to back houses, Woodsetton. We would be very pleased to speak to any of Eric’s family members or anyone who knew his family, his twin or has any information about Eric.

We also welcome any other stories of Black Country folk who fought in the First World War.

If you have any information, please contact Pat York on 0121 521 5618 or by email

Black Country Goes to War, 22 July – 31 August

For this year’s Summer holidays, As part of our programme to commemorate the centenary of the Great War, throughout the summer holiday period we will be inviting families to see what it would have been like preparing for war, families can get involved in drills, demonstrations of 1914 cookery and crafty activities that will allow young and old alike to join in the commemorations of WWI.  On Saturday 30 August, we will be hosting an engaging, family friendly day of drama, music and activities to evoke the atmosphere of summer 1914 and the impact of the war in these early days.

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