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No. 119 - 1st November 2006
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Term Painting at Ross Library
Pictured below at Ross Library with artist Carl Anogo are
Anna Freer, William Freer, Henry Wadge, Isobel Wadge, Ollie
O'Neil, Ben Cooke, Ellie Cooke, Hannah Fortey, Ben Fortey,
Victoria Bailey, Becky Bailey, Alex Bailey and Sacha Stock-Jones.
Artist, Carl Anogo, who some months ago helped the children
at Goodrich School paint a large mural, held a half day
workshop at Ross Library on Wednesday, 25th October. Paintings
produced by the children on the morning will be on display
in Ross Children's Library until Christmas.
The Dead Man's Penny
When Derek Lane found a large round bronze coin shaped object
in his pond at Llangarron, little did he know how important
it was to a local family. Just before he died at the beginning
of this year, Derek asked Sue Parker at the Heritage Centre
to find out if the family could be traced from the name
- Joseph Preece - on the object. Sue set to work and with
the help of local Militaria Historian David Seeney, discovered
who family members of the original owner were. Other
members of the family also got in touch from Yorkshire,
giving details of surviving members of the Preece family
still living in Ross.
week at the Heritage Centre, this detective story came to
its conclusion when Derek's family met with Joseph's family
to return the 'Dead Man's Penny', as it is known by its
. . .
Cartwright, Clive - the retired guidedog, Major David Seeney - Hereford
Light Infantry, Edward James Preece,
Jean Preece and Sue Parker. Ref: DSC_7703
was only a one year old when his uncle was killed and the
penny was sent to his great aunt Eliza in September 1916.
It was lost in a pond in the garden and did not see the
light of day again until Derek decided to play there. Jim
and Jean were able to meet Derek's partner, Veronica during
a very special tea party.
Derek's sister, Phyllis, was unable to attend the occasion
but sent highest regards to all. Dennis Holroyd, Jim's cousin,
who first sent the family information to the Heritage Centre
was also sadly unable to attend. Also on hand to talk to
Jim and Jean were David Seeney, local historian Tim Ward
and other members of the community with an interest in the
story. Mary Sinclair Powell welcomed everyone to this very
special event and explained the story of the penny. Handing
it over to Veronica, she asked her to present it to Jim,
together with a portfolio of the history behind the penny.
was a very emotional time for both families, who discussed
their family and military memories.
the party, guests said how very moving and poignant the
afternoon had been. David Seeney was particularly pleased
to have been able to attend as he very rarely sees the culmination
of his work after giving out initial information of servicemen
to those tracing their families.
was a very poignant year to be able to return the penny
to the Preece family, it being the 90th anniversary year
of the Battle of the Somme. Joseph was a Private in the
5th Battalion of the King's Shropshire Light Infantry. He
lived with his family at Baker's Tump Llangarron, being
the son of Eliza Preece and the late James Preece. Joseph
enlisted in Hereford and arrived in France on 10th September
1914. He died aged 21 on 16th September 1916 at the Battle
of Flere-Courgelette. During this battle, the Battalion
captured three field guns at noon on 15th September in Bull's
Road. A machine gun was also captured together with fifty
prisoners of war. Unfortunately this battle was won at a
great cost. One officer and thirty-seven other ranks were
killed; eleven officers and one hundred and eighty other
ranks were wounded. Of the rest, thirty-four other ranks
were reported missing. This
day was memorable as it was the first time tanks had been
used in warfare. Four were used and one survived to reach
seems Joseph Preece died having taken part in one of the
historic battles of the war. He has no known grave but is
remembered in on the Thiepval Memorial. Jim hopes to be
able to pass the penny down through his family for future
generations to keep so they will know of Joseph Preece'
closer look at the 'Dead Man's Penny'.
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