Purton Defences and artefacts.
4th September to 23rd November 2019.
“One Man’s War”
Joe Ricketts WW1 memorabilia
Continues to be on display until the museum closes for the winter,
when the artefacts will be returned to the Ricketts family.
“Signs of Times Past”
Step down memory lane,
see and explore the origins of our road names.
The Golden Chapter
PURTON AND THE GREAT WAR
The Golden Chapter
The book was dedicated in April 1920 where the book was placed inside a glass cabinet in the southern trancept. It remained there with the pages turned each month to remember those named for 94 years. I found it insecurely housed & raised my concerns to the Curate Judith Wells who removed it for safe keeping before handing it onto the Historical Society who have had it conserved.
The work on the Golden Chapter in 1920 was completed by the novelist and calligrapher William Graily Hewitt*, the cost (£50) paid for by friends and relatives of those whose names are recorded within its covers. Hewitt`s other work included the Memorial scrolls that were sent out to the NOK for all the fallen of the Great War (image follows, shows the Memorial scroll given to Sidney Smith`s NOK after he was killed in action at Gallipoli)
The Golden chapter records 55 names for those who died (as also recorded on the Village War Memorial) and 174 survivors` names, including Regimental / ship / branch detail and family details.
The entries for this book were subscribed - the Swindon Advertiser in early 1919 stated that all entries should be applied for as soon as possible, cost between 1s and £1. If residents had the money then they obviously entered their family members within the book, however not everyone was in a financial position to do so. The Golden Chapter Memorial book is therefore not the full story for Purton 1914 -18, however it remains an important historical document.