Memorial to the Fallen

According to Australian historians Robin Prior and Trevor Wilson the five months of the Battle of the Somme, starting 01 July 1916, claimed 432,000 British casualties, of whom probably 150,000 were killed. Volunteer researcher Chris Stupples has added to the current HLF Shaftesbury Remembers the Great War Exhibition the names of 36 men from war memorials in Shaftesbury and the surrounding villages who were killed on the Somme. Sixteen have no known grave and appear among the 72,000 names on the massive Lutyens-designed Memorial to the Missing at Thiepval. One of these, Lance-Corporal Edwin George (Ted) Mullins, a cab driver from Shaftesbury, volunteered in 1915 and would have arrived on the Somme in early September 1916 with the 5th Battalion of the Dorset Regiment, which had seen service at Gallipoli and Egypt. On 26 September, the date given for Ted’s death, the Dorsets were involved in fierce fighting for Mouquet (Mucky) Farm, and Stuff and Zollern Redoubts. All were on the Thiepval Ridge, where there had been a chateau and a village, long since pounded to rubble, and where the Lutyens monument was later inaugurated in 1932.

The next Ancestry Afternoon is at Shaftesbury Library on Friday 29 July from 1.30 to 3.00p.m. Details from Claire Ryley and Ann Symons via or phone 01747 852157.

Sand Mandala Attracts Record Number of Visitors

During the penultimate day of their residency at Gold Hill Museum, which coincided with the Sunday of Gold Hill Fair, the Tibetan monks of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery attracted a record number of visitors. 617 adults and 84 children came to view the finishing touches being put to the Mandala, an intricate representation of a palace with gardens and four gates aligned to the cardinal points of the compass. The design was created from memory using hollow pipes to vibrate grains of brightly coloured powdered marble into place. On the final morning to the accompaniment of chanted prayers and horn playing the Mandala was blessed and then swept up with some of the particles being deposited in the Museum Garden.