Friday, 11 August 2017

Introducing Talbot Hughes - An evening event Friday 20 October 2017 - St Osmund's church, Osmington


 
Osmington is known for it's connection with the famous painter John Constable. He spent his honeymoon in Osmington and was great friends with the local vicar Reverend John Fisher, who shared his artistic interests. 
The village however had an additional long-term resident artist who relocated here after leaving London society in the late 1920s.

He is known commercially as the painter Talbot Hughes.
Talbot had exhibited at the Royal Academy from the age of 17 up to 1913, when he sold his unique and highly sought-after costume collection to Harrods.


The sale was agreed with the proviso that after a year the entire collection would be donated to the Victoria and Albert museum in London.  Harrods agreed to the conditions of sale and the costumes are still held by the V&A.
On 20 October 2017 we are holding an evening event at St Osmund's church, Osmington to see Talbot's work and hear about his life, loves and death.
The evening is organised by Mr Jeff Little from the New Friends of St Osmund's who will talk about the artistic works of Talbot Hughes.

Lucy Wyman from Osmington History will also be speaking about the eventful and rather controversial life of Talbot Hughes.

Details
Friday 20 October 2017 @6.30pm
St Osmund's church, Osmington
 Tickets cost £5 each and include a picnic box and a glass of wine
To book tickets please call 01305 833849 or

All proceeds to the 'new Friends of St Osmund's church'
Registered charity number: 1172380

The charity was established to help restore and maintain St Osmund's church for community use and educate the public in it's heritage.

Osmington History is delighted to be working with the NFoSOC on this joint research project.
 
 

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

World war two archaeology in Osmington

June 6th is a well-known date amongst historians for it was this day in 1944 that the D-Day troops left Weymouth to fight in France.

Osmington played its part in the operation providing a strategic home to Canadian troops  at Osmington house on Old Roman road in the lead up to D-Day.

Today evidence of their occupation is still visible from the bridleway,  the Canadian's air raid shelter is still standing on the opposite side of Roman road from Osmington house just over the hedge.


On D-Day, June 6, 1944, “Operation Overlord”, the long-awaited invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe, began with Allied armies from the U.S., Britain and Canada landing on the coast of Normandy. The 3rd Canadian Infantry Division landed on Juno Beach, casualty figures from that battle are estimated at 2,700 British, 946 Canadians, and 6,603 Americans.

Osmington house was occupied by the Royal Canadian Engineers who departed from Weymouth for the French coast.


Many of those killed were buried in BRETTEVILLE-SUR-LAIZE CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY in Calvados France. 

Upton Fort which is part of Osmington parish located between Osmington mills and Ringsted played a crucial strategic role during the period, helping to defend Portland Harbour through to 1943.

Upton fort

It was built alongside several other strongholds to defend the key areas of the naval harbour at Portland, these were located at the Nothe Fort, East Weare Battery, the Inner Pierhead Fort, and the Verne Citadel.
Aerial photo of Upton fort

This coastal artillery battery has been identified as one of only ten examples of its type which have survived largely intact (from a recorded total of 202 built in the 20th century) in England.

Upton Fort retains all of the elements of a battery, including gun emplacements, magazines, searchlight structures, and ground defences located within defensive earthworks.

All survive in a good state of preservation. In addition, the site retains a group of support buildings that are rare survivals and which are listed at Grade II.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Osmington's soldiers from WW1 - those who served


This tapestry hangs in St Osmund's church in Osmington and is apparently the only list we have of which men from the village fought in the First World war.

Of those listed 11 were killed.

We are in the process of researching the history of each of these soldiers so that we can write about their stories and create a more robust and lasting documentation of their involvement.

The eleven soldiers who were killed have been recognised already online through the Commonweath war graves commission; but what about the others?

Can you help us to tell their story? Are you related to one of them? Do you have a photograph?

Please do get in touch if you think you can help and thank you for your help.


Here is the list:

Are you a relation of these First World War Soldiers from Osmington?
Soldiers Name
Fate
Regiment/Ship/Role
Charles Bradford
Survived
HMS Melborne
Robert  Buchan
Survived
HMS Challenger
Wilfred Burden
Killed
1st Wiltshire Regiment
Walter Critchell
Survved
RUSE
Oliver Crossley
Survived
HMS King George V
Thomas Davies
Survived
RUSE
Charles Henry Dawe
Killed
Royal Navy
H.M. Submarine. "C34."
Geoffrey Dawe
Killed
Royal Marine Light Infantry
William Dubben
Survived
Ist Dorset Regiment
William Foot
Killed
Petty Officer, Coast Guard
William Foot Jnr
Survived
Canadian Pioneers
Percy Hansford
Killed
Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
Alfred Heavis
Survived
RU
Robert Hayne
Survived
157 Labour company
George Honeybun
Survived
3rd Devon Regiment
Thomas Honeybun
Survived
25 Gloucester Regiment
Daniel Jefferies
Survived
Coastguard
Edward Jeffre
Survived
HM Motor boat
George Ludis
Survived
HMS
Jesse Lovell
Survived
RGU
William Measures
Survived
HMS Abrose
Frederick Marsh
Survived
HMS Amethyst
Ernest Morles
Survived
HMS Implacable
Harold Miller
Survived
RUSE
John Miller
Survived
RUSE
William Miller
Survived
RUSE
Arthur Moxam
Survived
Essex Regiment
Arthur Henry Northover
Killed
1st Dorsetshire Regiment
William Fred Northover
Killed
 
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Bernard Parker
Survived
RUSE
Frederick Parker
Survived
2nd Manchester Regiment
William Parker
Survived
14 Dorset Regiment
Frederick Paul
Survived
MGC
Vernon Pond
Killed
H.M.S. "Warrior."
 
Killed at the Battle of Jutland
William Rees
Survived
HMS Challenger
Albert Rendel
Survived
RGU
Bertie Rendel
Survived
2nd Leicester Regiment
Scot Rendel
Survived
2nd Devon Regiment
Frederick Rendel
Survived
2ns Dorset Regiment
Wilfred Rendel
Survived
14 Dorset Regiment
Frederick Riggs
Survived
RFU
George Riggs
Survived
7th Dorset Regiment
Harvey Riggs
Survived
1st Dorset Regiment
Walter Wiliam Riggs
Killed
5th Dorsetshire Regiment
William James Riggs
Killed
92nd Brigade Royal Field Artillery
Thomas Sargent
Survived
13th Royal Berkshire
Edward Shave
Survived
HMS Vanity
Henry Shave
Survived
HMS
Robert Shave
Survived
6th Wiltshire Regiment
Charles Shephard DSO
Survived
6th Wiltshire Regimnt
Henry Stride
Survived
Royal Engineers
Arthur Symonds TD
Survived
RFU
George Thomas
Killed
Royal Engineers 10th Div. Signal Coy.
Archibald Tizzard
Survived
RFU
Henry Tizzard
Survived
24 Dorset Regiment
Reginald Tizzard
Survived
RFU
William Tizzard
Survived
1st Dorset Regiment
William Tompkins
Survived
HMS
Charles Vagg
Survived
Royal Engineers
Herbert Webber
Survived
24 Dorset Regiment
Thomas Wilkinson MM
Survived
RGU
John Young
Survived
HMS Devonshire