Tickets Still Available for the Somerset in the First World War Research Symposium

On Sunday 22 March the Museum of Somerset will be hosting a symposium focusing on a wide range of research relating to the events of 1914-1918 and the effects on the county of Somerset. 

Please contact the Museum of Somerset today to book your place 01823 255088

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The speakers and subjects include:

Mary Siraut – Taunton 1914-1918

Sue Bucklow – Singers of Frome

Phil Norrey – The Somerset Light Infantry and the Early Stages of the War

Mary Claridge – Glastonbury WW1 Tribute Project

Brendon Moorhouse – Research into Somerset Light Infantry at Ypres

Tim Moreman – The Isle of Wedmore Remembers Project

Sam Astill – Somerset Remembers Project

Suzie Grogan – The Impact of the First World War on Mental Health

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Sergeant J.W.Coxon D.C.M.

This week another illustration with an interesting story has entered our collections. 

The image below is of Sergeant J.W.Coxon, of the 8th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry. He took part in a raid on German trenches on 15th December 1915 and survived an attack by three Germans.

Illustration of Sergeant Coxon following the attack on his trench.

Sergeant Coxon was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for conspicuous gallantry as reported in the London Gazette.

The London Gazette citation for Sejeant J.W.Coxon, printed 21 January 1916

The London Gazette citation for Serjeant J.W.Coxon, printed 21 January 1916

Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)

Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)

Picture of the Week: Images from Somerset during the First World War

No.9 Platoon, 7th Batallion Somerset Light Infantry. The 'x' indicates Private Bryer, his true age was 15 which was only discovered after he had been in France for a few weeks. He was sent home but attached himself to the draft for the 8th Bn. and was then wounded at Loos.

No.9 Platoon, 7th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry.
The ‘x’ indicates Private Bryer, his true age was 15 which was only discovered after he had been in France for a few weeks. He was sent home but attached himself to the draft for the 8th Battalion and was then wounded at Loos.

 

Mystery Illustration: Can you help?

The event illustrated in the dramatic image below is believed have taken place in September 1917.

Although the Somerset Light Infantry were positioned and involved in attacks in the Langemarck area during August and September,  the Regimental History provides no specific information to prove that this particular event actually occurred.

The Somerset Light Infantry capturing a block-house near Langemarck

The Somerset Light Infantry capturing a block-house near Langemarck

If anyone knows any more about this please leave a comment or email: somersetremembers@somerset.gov.uk