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The ‘Evington Eight’ recorded on Evington’s War memorial, had all been resident in Evington at some time and all were killed in action between May 1916 and November 1918, with an average age of 27. GEORGE FRIE BENSKIN George was born in Leicester in 1889 to a large family, His parents were Alfred Benskin and Matilda Martha (nee Frie) According ... Read More »


On the evening of Friday 20th March, The City of Leicester College provided an apt and intimate setting for a performance of Barbed Wire for Kisses (A Village at War). Barbed Wire for Kisses is a compelling performance of story and song, delightfully combined to convey an empathetic and moving insight into the First World War. The experiences felt on ... Read More »

A Short Story – Dulche et Decorum by Ann Upfold

In Evington there has been a WW1 project to research and disseminate information about how this ‘War to end all wars’ impacted on people ‘then and now’.  The project was funded by a Heritage Lottery grant.  Many groups got involved.  Ann is a part of the Writers’ group that meet in Evington library every fortnight.  This group will continue the ... Read More »

Evington Village War Memorial Restoration Project 2014

                                                                The Evington Village War Memorial Restoration Project 2014 The memorial, crafted out of Portland Stone was designed by Stockdale Harrison and Sons Ltd and donation by John Edward ... Read More »

In the trenches in WW1 – War stories collected in Evington, Leicester

LIEUTENANT C. D. STEWART ROBINSON John Robinson wrote:   “Here are the first hand notes of my father’s time in the trenches in WW1.  My father never spoke of his experiences and I only realised what he had been through when my uncle sent these notes to me after his death. I was particularly moved by reading that he had broken ... Read More »


THE FIRST GAS ATTACK Poison gas was probably the most feared weapon in WW1.  An attack could leave a victim in agony for days and weeks before dying.  Poison gas (chlorine) was used for the first time at the  Second Battle of Ypres in April 1915. Chris Hossack’s father,  Anthony R. Hossack, was there in the Queen Victoria Rifles.  He wrote: ... Read More »

Evington’s VAD Hospital

                                EVINGTON’S V.A.D HOSPITAL (VOLUNTARY AIDED DETACHMENT) The building now known as Evington Park House was called Knighton V.A.D. Hospital or VAD Leicester 4 during WW1. V.A.D. hospitals were set up through the Joint War Committee comprising the British Red Cross and the Order of St. John of Jerusalem who had pooled their resources under the Red ... Read More »