Category Archives: Local history

The dedication of a national memorial to the county regiment will take place at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire this month attended by HRH the Duke of Kent.

In May last year an appeal was launched for donations to create a lasting national tribute to the infantry soldiers who served the counties of Devon and...

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The Keep Military Museum, Dorchester, is delighted to announce the opening of a new gallery portraying the military history of Dorchester and the County of Dorset through history. Concentrating on the human dimension, the gallery will tell a number of personal stories of Dorset soldiers and their families.

Among these are the experience and sacrifice of...

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Few aspects of the First World War arouse as much controversy and emotion as the execution by the British Army of 346 of its own soldiers. Of these 346 men, 266 were shot for desertion, 18 for cowardice and the rest for a variety of crimes, including mutiny and murder. The 266 accused of desertion...

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9th August 1856

 As the bell tolled eight, Martha Brown emerged from the prison building to a collective gasp from a crowd of some 3,000 onlookers.

An attractive woman with thick, curly hair, and wearing a long, tight-fitting black silk dress, Martha cut a poignant figure as she prepared for her final moments.

Showing great fortitude, she shook...

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By Jerry Bird

Just over a mile from the centre of Dorchester at Stinsford Cross, a small, grey limestone pillar stands on the grass verge near the busy traffic roundabout on the A35.

Roman milestoneIt is about five feet in height, roughly cylindrical, and appears to have a...

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By Jerry Bird

While Thomas Hardy lost his Christian faith at a relatively early age, and even suffered the distinction later of having his books publicly burned by a bishop, he always held a deep affection for the Church.

Illustration by Charles Green Harpers Magazine May 1891Christmas often...

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