Olney’s Great War History


Memories of the First World War from local families are now on display at The Cowper and Newton Museum.

Items include stories, photos, letters and artefacts from the community, shared by over 40 Olney families who have direct links with the war or have inherited stories and memorabilia from relatives.

The display, in the Olney Local History Room, begins by introducing the history of the town’s war memorials, and goes on to cover the soldiers’ stories.

See a photograph of Robert Hooper and understand his wartime experience from a letter he wrote back to his brother. Poignantly, the museum has his death certificate, dated only a couple of weeks after the letter.

There is a Lusitania medal, given to German people to ‘brag’ about how many Britons they had killed, and a locket passed to a little girl standing in a street watching the soldiers march by.

The Cowper and Newton Museum is in Orchard Side, Olney.