Private Raymond Sleath

Raymond Sleath was born in Leamington Spa in 1894. His father ran a cycle company which had premises on Clemens Street and the Parade. Raymond served his apprenticeship at his father’s firm. The family lived at Glendale, Radford Road in Leamington.

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She’s doing her bit!

Many women did their bit for the war effort by sewing or knitting. They made warm clothes for troops, and bandages, bedclothes and other necessities for hospitals. They even made hessian sacks for use as sandbags at the front.

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Mapping the Great War in Leamington

In wartime, many public buildings were pressed into service as recruiting offices, military headquarters, or hospitals.

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Medical families

There were seven temporary Red Cross hospitals in Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth, all staffed by volunteers known as VADs (Voluntary Aid Detachments).

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The Tims Brothers

Many families suffered the loss of more than one son during the First World War.

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The Warren VAD Hospital

This photo comes from an album which belonged to Dorothy Burbury, who volunteered as a nurse with the Red Cross during the First World War.

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