Join war exhibition in Warrington later this year

Warrington Guardian: Join war exhibition in Warrington later this year Join war exhibition in Warrington later this year

‘WHAT do you think of this for two war stained weary warriors?’, reads the back of a postcard sent home in 1918.

Andrew Renshaw, of Moore, is a history enthusiast who is remembering his grandfather by preparing for another event at this year’s Stockton Heath Festival.

The retired printing worker has organised Warrington at War, which will host illustrated talks from Janice Hayes, from Warrington Museum, and John Downham, from the Lancashire Infantry Museum.

Company Quarter Master Sergeant Joshua Renshaw, Andrew’s grandfather, served in the military from 1914 to 1919 after initially joining the Territorial Army in 1912.

Chester-born Joshua is fondly remembered by his Grandson, who recalls his grandfather visiting his Warrington home as a child.

Andrew said: “I remember my grandfather and I used to enjoy visiting Chester or when he came to visit with my grandmother.

“He would never really talk to us about his experiences while he was away, but obviously I always knew he had served during the World War.”

Joshua, who was part of the East Lancashire Regiment, spent the majority of his time in Britain before spending the final seven months of his military career in France and Belgium.

During that time, he sent a postcard home to his wife. It read: “Dearest Ethel, What do you think of this for two war stained weary warriors.

Looks very much as though a wash would do us no harm, what do you say?

Letter follows as soon as poss.

Yours only, Jos x France 6-6-18”

Andrew is now inviting residents to join in and bring any other WWI memorabilia to the Warrington at War event on Friday, July 4.

The exhibition will take place at Appleton Parish Hall from 2pm with tickets priced at £2 per person.

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