I’ve been very interested in the following project, which fellow local blogger and top online pal Linda Mason has posted on her blog – I’ve taken the unusual step of reposting the entire article here to give it the maximum exposure possible.
If you want to support this remarkable project, please do – either contact those involved directly or mail me and I’ll pass your enquiry on.
Linda Mason wrote:
Aldridge, The Great War and The Aldridge Auxiliary Convalescent Hospital at The Manor House
I have mentioned the Aldridge Great War Project before. Today, I learned of a fantastic new aspect to the project that I want to share with everyone and I do hope that you share and can participate too. It’s not too onerous to do so!
If like me you are interested in the history of Aldridge Manor House, then this is for you. You may or may not know that during The Great War, the Manor House became Aldridge Auxiliary Convalescent Hospital for injured military personnel.
This is the text from a leaflet produced, which due to technical difficulties I cannot replicate as a separate form however, if you do want a copy of the form please email me at taxwizzardATgmailDOTcom and I will happily send you a copy.
‘ALDRIDGE GREAT WAR PROJECT
270, Walsall Wood Road, Aldridge, Walsall WS9 8HB
In 1915 local people came together to provide a military hospital at the Manor House, Aldridge. 100 years later the Aldridge Great War Project is asking for your help to record the remarkable story of the Aldridge Auxiliary Convalescent Hospital. It is a story of sacrifice, dogged determination and triumph in the face of adversity; a story of ordinary people and their response to an extraordinary situation; a story of which we can be very proud and one which deserves to reach a wider audience.
In 2013 we received copies of documents relating to the Manor House from the family of Dr. T. Boyd Stirling. It is these documents which will form the basis of the book. The Aldridge Great War Project would like to give local people the opportunity to subscribe to the publication in order to fund the cost of printing. It is also possible to subscribe as a business, group, society etc. The book will:
⦁ Be A4 in size.
⦁ Contain seventy original documents, letters, postcards and photographs
⦁ Be given to all local schools and libraries as well as local archive repositories.
We would appreciate a minimum donation of £20 for each subscriber who will:
⦁ Receive a copy of the book delivered to any U.K. address.
⦁ Have the opportunity to have the copy signed if they wish.
⦁ Have their name and address included in a list of subscribers at the back of the book under the following heading: ‘In 1915 local people came together to provide a military hospital in Aldridge. 100 years later we are grateful to the following people who have subscribed to this book and thereby enabled this fascinating story from Aldridge history to be told.’
Should the money raised from subscriptions exceed the cost of printing any surplus will be used to further the aims of the Aldridge Great War Project. Details of money raised and spent will be published on our website or can be obtained by writing to the address above.
If you feel able to support this unique publication by subscribing to it please complete the attached slip and return, along with a cheque made payable to the Aldridge Great War Project, to the address above.
Alternatively return the attached form via email to firstname.lastname@example.org and make your donation to the AGWP bank account Acc. No. 27717760. Sort Code 77 31 09. Subscriptions close 25th September.
Thanks for your support. Sue Satterthwaite and Len Boulton Mob. 07982027256
Name (Individual/business/society etc.)
Contact number/email address
Donation (minimum £20)
Would you like your name and address to appear in the list of subscribers? YES/NO/NAME ONLY
Would you like a signed copy? YES/NO “
I’m told by someone who is proof reading this book for Sue that it is a great read and very interesting. If it’s anything like the other books that Sue has written about the history of Aldridge it will be fantastic! Sue has made a wonderful contribution in recording aspects of the history of Aldridge. Subscriptions close 25th September so hurry!