The first book in the series, available from Ashby Museum, deals with those who Fell in the Great War from the town of Ashby and the villages of Appleby Magna and Parva, Blackfordby, Breedon, Coleorton, Measham, Packington, Ravenstone, Smisby, Snarestone, Staunton Harold and Willesley.
This tells the story of Philip Bent - born in Canada but educated at Ashby Boys' Grammar School. Trained for a career at sea, instead he joined the Army in 1914, serving with the 9th Battalion of The Royal Leicestershire Regiment. He was killed, leading a counter-attack against the Germans at Polygon Wood during the Battle of Passchendaele. His bravery earned him a posthumous Victoria Cross. The book is well illustrated.
No. 21 June 2019 - WW2 Memoirs of a schoolboy evacuee - WW2 Evacuation of children from towns and cities - Archbishop of Canterbury and the Coleorton Beaumonts - St Helen’s church revivified - Mediaeval coal mining in Coleorton - History of St. Helen’s Parish Rooms