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Hospital Blues: Sherborne’s role in wartime nursing

Local nurse
Local nurse in VAD uniform

This exhibition explores the pivotal role the town played in advancing the care and treatment of wounded servicemen during the wars.

Largely left untold, the story of Sherborne’s contribution in these fields can be gleaned from the artefacts and photographs belonging to local people.

Highlights include the medals awarded to Marion de Lacy Baillie, who served as an ambulance driver on the Western Front, and poignant examples of Trench Art.

The exhibition will run from April 11th until December 14th 2017.

Sherborne Remembers

Remembrance Poppy Sherborne Remembers is an ongoing project to examine and record the impact of the First World War upon the town of Sherborne and its neighbouring villages. Volunteers are currently in the process of compiling detailed biographies for each of the men recorded on the Sherborne town memorial, and aim to bring them together for publication in due course. It is anticipated that the biographies will contain details such as the parentage and family background of each individual; their employment before the war; their connection to the town, or residence on the outbreak of war; and the circumstances surrounding their death.

The names of the men we are researching can be found here (PDF document), together with a separate list of those casualties who are yet to be identified. We would be very pleased to hear from anyone who has, and is willing to share, information about any of those featured - whether in the form of photographs, letters, diaries, newspaper cuttings, or family stories - so that we can build a full and accurate account of their lives and service.

A permanent exhibition will also be mounted in the Marsden Room in late 2017, which will further explore the impact of the war on the local area. Themes to be explored will include the work of the local Red Cross hospitals, conscription and conscientious objectors, and the work of the urban and rural military tribunals. It is hoped that some First World War artefacts will also be on display.

The Queen’s Own Dorset Yeomanry
The Queen’s Own Dorset Yeomanry in Sherborne, 1914
©Sherborne Museum
Unknown Corporal
Unknown Corporal of the 7th (King’s Own) Dragoon Guards
©Sherborne Museum

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