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The Wedgwood Museum − Collections
  • Find out how the First World War had an impact on Wedgwood, both as a company and as a family.

Wedgwood and the First World War

  • by Jordan Muncaster

Roll of Honour

Theme

The Roll of Honour is a list of employees of Wedgwood who fought in the First World War. In total, 168 Wedgwood workers enlisted and were involved in the war. Even Cecil Wedgwood, a partner in Wedgwood, enlisted and became a major, but was killed in the trenches in July 1916 at the Battle of the Somme alongside soldiers from the 8th North Staffs Rgmt. The Roll of Honour was produced at the end of the war to commemorate both the soliders that returned home to work, as well as those who didn't.

 

The list contains each person's name, rank and the regiment to which they belonged. A large number of the names belonged to the 7th or 8th North Staffs Regiment, which Cecil raised before going out to the front line. Those who were part of the regiments later became known as "the Wedgwood Pets".

 

Quite small in size, it is possible that the Roll of Honour was handed out to individuals who worked at Wedgwood after the war as a tribute to those who fought. As well as receiving this, the soldiers who returned from the war received a Peace Cameo, as did the families of the soldiers who did not return, as a celebration of the war finally being over. Below is a list of soldiers who worked for Wedgwood who died in the war:

 

Major Cecil Wedgwood D.S.O.          8th North Staffs. Regt.

Pte. H. Bridge                                4th North Staffs. Regt

Pte. J.H. Beeston                           7th North Staffs Regt.

Sgt. C. Bevington                           R.G. Artillery

Pte. A. Bail                                    R.F. Artillery

Pte. S. Cartledge                           Royal Scotts

L/Cpl. S. Davis                              3rd North Staffs. Regt.

Pte. C.L. Dawrant                           North Staffs. Regt.

Pte. L. Edge                                  9th Yorks. Regt.

L/Cpl. G. Ellis                                7th North Staffs. Regt.

Pte. S Grainger                              North Staffs. Regt.

Pte. N. Hall                                   6th North Staffs. Regt.

Pte. A. Heath                                Derby Yeomanry

Pte. A. J. Locker                            K.O.R.L. Regt.

C/Sgt. P. McGlynn                         7th North Staffs. Regt.

Pte. A. Maitland                            K.O.R.L. Regt.

Pte. A. Roberts                             5th North Staffs. Regt.

Pte. W. Rhodes                            8th North Staffs. Regt.

Pte. W. H. Savory                         5th North Staffs. Regt.

Pte. R. L. Showan                         9th North Staffs. Regt.

Pte. A. Tilsley                               1st North Staffs. Regt.

Pte. J. Taylor                                7th North Staffs. Regt.

Pte. F. Wilson                               5th North Staffs. Regt.

Pte. T. Wright                               17th Middlesex Regt.

Pte. G. Whittingham                      5th North Staffs. Regt.

Catalogue

The Wedgwood Roll of Honour

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