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platebowes.jpg Teesdale’s First World War

There have been plenty of exhibitions marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War and one of the most poignant is at the Bowes Museum.

This exhibition is the culmination of a five-year project and explores the role of Teesdale and its residents during WWI, bringing stories to life in a compassionate and informative display. It has recently been presented with some beautifully hand decorated metal plates that were with serving soldiers on the front line. The plates commemorate two soldiers from the town, brothers George and Stanley Croft, who took part in the conflict. They have been loaned by Stanley’s grandson David Travis who commented: “These decorative plates were made from photographs pasted onto the metal and then surrounded with a painted background to cover the whole front. They used to hang on the walls of my grandad’s shed on Victoria Road in Town. Great Uncle George died on the battlefield but my granddad came home. These are the actual plates that soldiers ate from on the front but we don’t know who painted them.”

To Serve King and Country, until 3 March, Bowes Museum, Newgate, Barnard Castle. thebowesmuseum.org.uk