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CATHEDRAL HIGHLIGHTS FIRST WORLD WAR STORIES.

Worcester Cathedral is this month displaying the results of research which has been carried out into the poignant stories of Worcestershire soldiers who died in the First World War and are commemorated in its cloister windows. The stories include that of Lawrence Barnard Carlton RAMC, the only son of Arthur Carlton, High Sheriff and Alderman of Worcester. Lawrence spent two years at Worcester Royal Grammar, from 1906 to 1908, as well as attending the City of London School. A talented Worcester athlete, he volunteered in August 1914 before taking his Finals and enlisted in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He was sent to Gallipoli as a member of the Expeditionary Force, where he was attached to the nursing section. After a few days of acclimatisation, he went forward with fighting troops. While attending a wounded soldier, Lawrence was shot dead, at the age of 22. There is more to read in the cathedral cloister about Lawrence and the Carlton family, their history and the help that they gave the war effort. Lawrence’s story is further highlighted in the ‘Dressed for Drama’ costume exhibition in the cathedral chapter house. It is linked to the costume worn by actor Richard Rankin who played Captain Thomas Gillan RAMC in the BBC TV mini-series The Crimson Field.

‘Dressed for Drama’ runs at the cathedral until 29th August, and tickets can be purchased at the chapter house entrance. The First World War soldiers’ stories are available to all visitors in the cloisters, during the month of August. First World War tours of the cloisters, to hear the soldiers’ stories in detail, can be booked through the cathedral office on 01905 732900.