Exhibition at Foster Hill Road
As part of the programme of events to commemorate the centenary
of the First World War, the Friends of Foster Hill Road cemetery
are holding an event to recognise the sacrifices made by Bedford
residents during the War.
From Sunday 27th July, medals, photographs, letters and other
personal items of soldiers who served in the First World War will
be on display in the Chapel Centre. Opening times between 12.00 mid
day and 4.00 p.m. (Thursday 31st July 4.00 p.m. - 7.00 p.m.)
Rod Heard, Chairman of the Friends of Foster Hill Road Cemetery,
said: “We hope the collection of photos, letters and mementos
collected over many years helps to give an insight into the lives
of some of those affected by the First World War.
“We are putting these items on display for a week at the Chapel
to offer people of all ages the opportunity to visit the Chapel and
view the items and recognise the sacrifices made by so many.”
Some of the items on display include:
• Army Sapper Uniform circa 1920, two WW1 Nurses uniforms,
two cabinets containing WW1 binoculars, telescopes, compasses and
many other items
• An officer’s sword.
• Certificates marking WW1 events.
• There will also be items from St Dunstan’s, WW1 Blind
veterans association and items made by those victims of WW1
There will also be posters of the day and paintings of images of
the Home Front during WW1.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, who will be attending
the launch of the exhibition added: “It is fitting that these
items will be on display in the Chapel at Foster Hill Road
Cemetery. The friends of Foster Hill Road Cemetery are to be
congratulated for enabling this important event to take place and
providing this opportunity for further reflection and remembrance
of the sacrifices made by so many.
“The items which will be on display provide a fascinating look
back into the lives of some of those who served so bravely during
World War One.”
Foster Hill Road cemetery was first opened in June 1855 with the
first Chapel built later. In 1955 a crematorium was added and a
single chapel was provided on the west side.
The Cemetery includes the graves of many who died during the
First World War. A service to commemorate the First World War
will take place at 2.00 pm on Sunday 3rd August, also organised by
the Friends of Foster Hill Road Cemetery. As part of this a
Union Jack flag and a Royal British Legion poppy cross will be laid
on each of the 142 graves of those who died during the Great