Remembering the Great Battles of 1916

Fourteen British ships were sunk, and over 6000 Royal Navy personnel died, in the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916. Two British battlecruisers blew up spectacularly with almost total loss of life. At least three local men died at Jutland: Gilbert John Maidment of Shaftesbury, Cecil Herbert Riggs of Berwick St John, and Harold Percival Hoskins of Enmore Green. Their details are now included in the Shaftesbury Remembers the Great War exhibition at Gold Hill Museum, thanks to the researches of HLF Community Project volunteer Chris Stupples.

The first three hours of the Battle of the Somme on 01 July 1916 claimed 50,000 British casualties, of whom 19,000 were killed. This will be the focus of the next Reminiscence Afternoon at Shaftesbury Library on Tuesday 28 June 2.30 – 3.30p.m. Another of the highly popular Ancestry Afternoons will take place at Shaftesbury Library on Friday 24 June 1.30 – 3.00p.m. For details of these Community Project events please email Ann Symons and Claire Ryley at or phone Gold Hill Museum on 01747 852157.