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WWI Recruitment Ledgers

WWI Recruitment Ledgers

Two Army Books 69, Cash Book and Ledger, were donated to Wotton-under-Edge Historical Society in the mid-1990s. They were accessioned and recorded as Recruit Books 1914 and appropriately stored. Their unique importance was unrecognised and they remained undiscovered until mid-2014 when the Society was assessing the material it held for an exhibition on the start of WW1. They contain a wealth of social history information.

Twenty three days after the declaration of WW1 the first Ledger was opened on 27th August 1914 with the last entry being on 30th November 1915, prior to conscription in January 1916. There are 465 men listed with 167 believed to have served their King and Country. Twenty four of those listed are known to have died during the conflict, being listed on the Wotton-under-Edge War Memorial, the Roll of Honour displayed in the Town Hall and in Bill Griffiths book First World War Heroes of Wotton-under-Edge. This ledger contains information on the health status and occupations of the men of Wotton.

The second Ledger contains the names, addresses and signatures of 137 men, 56 of whom served in WW1. Eight of these men died in action and are listed on the Wotton-under-Edge War Memorial, the Roll of Honour displayed in the Town Hall and in Bill Griffiths book First World War Heroes of Wotton-under-Edge.

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Rowland Hill Tabernacle Burial Register

Rowland Hill Tabernacle Burial Register

The Wotton-under-Edge Historical Society holds the original burial and interment register for the Rowland Hill Tabernacle, a non-conformist chapel. The register list over 1,200 burials next to the Tabernacle (now the Wotton Auction Rooms). The cemetery is in three areas, the Old, New and Extension burial grounds and lists interments from 1824 to 1961. The Society has created a searchable Access database of the register together with an alphabetical Excel spreadsheet. Copies of the numbered plot layouts and the regulations of the burial grounds are also included.

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Parish Registers 1571-1659

Parish Registers 1571-1659

The Wotton-under-Edge Historical Society holds two volumes of St Mary's Parish registers at the Heritage Centre on behalf of the Parish Church. The 1571-1659 register contains 300 pages of baptisms, marriages and burials. This volume was transcribed by Miss E.C. Perkins, grand daughter of Benjamin R. Perkins, vicar from 1829 to 1881, in 1914 from the original registers. It is in a clear copper plate hand writing, possibly more legible than the original register. The register has been scanned and is available on CD in PDF format. No effort has been made to enhance the text or provide an index of entries. It provides an invaluable source for family history researchers.

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Parish Registers  1660-1715

Parish Registers 1660-1715

The Wotton-under-Edge Historical Society holds two volumes of St Mary's Parish registers at the Heritage Centre on behalf of the Parish Church. The 1660-1715 register contains 300 pages of baptisms, marriages and burials. This volume was transcribed by Miss E.C. Perkins, grand daughter of Benjamin R. Perkins, vicar from 1829 to 1881, in 1917 from the original registers. It is in a clear copper plate hand writing, possibly more legible than the original register. The register has been scanned and is available on CD in PDF format. No effort has been made to enhance the text or provide an index of entries. It provides an invaluable source for family history researchers.

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The Historical Society

If you are interested in local or family history and want to meet others with similar interests, The Historical Society and Heritage Centre is the organisation to join. By becoming a member you will also be able to attend our lectures as well as participate in the many social events, excursions and other activities we sponsor throughout the year. In addition you will receive our annual journal and newsletters.

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