To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice on 11th November 1918, which marked the end of the First World War, we have assembled a small sample of the photographic and other memorabilia collected by the local Wilkerson family. The images were scanned from the originals and processed to improve contrast by Peter McPartland. They are reproduced here with the kind permission of Mr Geoffrey Wilkerson.
1. The ‘Victory’ celebrations in 1919 - before the Barley War Memorial was constructed.
2. The unveiling of Barley War Memorial in 1919. The ceremony was led by Mr Douglas Crossman, with the Rev. John Frome Wilkinson.
3. Another view of the War Memorial unveiling ceremony.
4. Wounded soldiers from a hospital at Royston being entertained in the Manor garden at Barley (1914-18).
5. Wounded soldiers being entertained at Homestall (1915-16).
6. Frank Sermons, taken c1909, who was ‘Butcher’s Boy’ to Harry Moulton, and who was killed in France in 1917.
7. A fund-raising collection, believed to be on behalf of the Red Cross for the nursing of wounded troops, being led by Miss M. Boucher (1914-18).
8. The “Likely Lads”, a group of local young men, taken by a photographer named Bishop, outside the Chequers, Barley in about 1919.
9. This letter, dated 10th November 1915, was written by W. Roberts, while on active service, to Miss Dorothy Wilkerson of the Hall, Barley. The letter was posted from ‘Field Post Office 2’ (location not known).