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Gheluvelt Park Bungalow, Worcester
Gheluvelt Park Bungalow, Worcester
Gheluvelt Park and an Interview about Done Family and William Manton
Betty Wichard recalls her mother’s brothers who fought in the war. She remembers an aluminium cup on the mantelpiece at her mother’s home in Little Park St, Worcester, commemorating the brothers’ service, labelled with battlefields. William Done, her Uncle Bill, in particular, suffered from the war. He returned from the war terribly mentally–scarred. The family worried about his behaviour. When Betty was a baby (around 1929, living in Little Park St), and sometimes the family could not find Uncle Bill and they would find him upstairs clutching her or just staring at her. Very strange. He finally went to the Workhouse at Shrub Hill in Worcester.
Fred Done returned from the war and earned his living as a bookie’s runner. But he was murdered one night in Worcester for his takings.
Charles Done, Uncle “Charl”, returned home from the war but his wife has left him with their baby. The baby, “Mill”, was brought up by Betty’s Mum and Dad at Little Park St.
The Gheluvelt Park was started in 1918, with the construction of the alms-houses beginning in 1919. The foundation stone was laid by General Robertson, the homes were opened by Lord Rawlinson. The main gate was built around 1930, and the City’s War Memorial of the park was formally opened on 17th June 1922 by Field Marshall Early Trench.
The inscription on the bungalow reads: “The cost of this bungalow was largely provided for from moneys raised by the Worcester Sportsmen’s Committee”. The inscription has fallen but is still visible in the shrubbery.
William (Bill) Manton returned from the war terribly shell-shocked. He walked like a drunk, and the kids jeered and laughed at him in the street. If he got up from a chair he would stagger and stumble and have to hang on to the sideboard. His mind was sound, it was just his bearing that had been affected. He was given the bungalow because he could not manage the stairs.
The photographs are from a visit to the Gheluvent Park to see the bungalow, and the town’s commemorative sculpture of the Battle. The photos include the artistic installation to commemorate WW1, the heights signifying numbers of casualties. Through the trees the bungalow can be seen.
Two audio recordings of an interview:
Mrs Betty Wichard recalls her mother’s brothers who fought in the war, in conversation in June 2011 with Sandra Francis (daughter) and Sarah (granddaughter).
Mary Jane Done (always known as “Polly”, mother)
William Done (Uncle Bill)
Fred Done (Uncle Fred)
Charles Done (Uncle Charl or Charlie)
Bill Manton (Betty’s husband’s father)
Some of the conversation is about Betty’s husband’s family. His father was William Manton, who served in the War and was one of the first tenants after the war in the alms-houses built for disabled soldiers and sailors in Gheluvelt Park, Worcester. He and his wife lived in the bungalow there. He had been a soldier, possibly in the Worcestershire Regiment which fought in the Battle of Gheluvent, near Ypres in Belgium, 1914. The family are unsure of this – some claim he was a sailor. The second recording talks more about the bungalow, and William Manton who could not walk well after his war service.
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- Mrs Betty Wichard
- William Done
- William Manton