Dings Park, Oxford St, Bristol BS2 0QU.

A commemoration and wreath-laying to remember Arthur and Alfred Jefferies, both of whom were born in St Philips and lived in the Dings. Both fell as victims of the Battle of the Somme in 1916. Arthur was killed in action in Geuedecourt on September 16th 1916. Alfred was shot at dawn for desertion on November 1st 1916.

 

Alfred Jefferies
Alfred Jefferies
Alfred Jefferies' stake in the Shot at Dawn Memorial within the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.
Alfred Jefferies’ stake in the Shot at Dawn Memorial within the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

A leaflet will be handed out at the event :

Among the hundreds of thousands of men killed on both sides during the battle of The Somme in 1916 were two brothers from The Dings in St Philips, Bristol.

Arthur Jefferies was killed on 16th September. His brother Alfred died on 1st November. Arthur was killed in action. Alfred was shot for desertion – the only man from Bristol to suffer this fate. They were both victims of the Somme.

At 12 noon on Tuesday November 1st 2016, the centenary of Alfred’s execution, Bristol’s Remembering the Real World War 1 group will lay a wreath in The Dings Park, Oxford Street in memory of both brothers and all those others who died on the Somme. Please join us in the Park for this commemoration.

The leaflet handed out today at Dings Park.
The leaflet handed out today at Dings Park.

Download a PDF file of the leaflet.

The poster that will be left with the wreath to explain its significance.
The poster left with the wreath to explain its significance.

Download a PDF of this poster.

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