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Woodbine Willie heritage trail launched ahead of half-term

Posted  20 October 2016 in News   Projects and Resources  
By Liz Robertson
Young people following the Woodbine Willie Trail c. Worcestershire WW100

The Worcestershire World War One Hundred programme is launching its first, free, World War One heritage trail, The Woodbine Willie Trail, in time for October half-term.

The Woodbine Willie Trail celebrates the life of Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy, better known by his war-time nickname Woodbine Willie, which captures his ability to connect with British Soldiers as they faced the battlefield. As soldiers left for the front Studdert Kennedy would offer them cigarettes and a bible.

The Trail, researched and compiled by Worcestershire World War One Hundred Volunteers Cathy Broad and Vanessa Haddleton, takes in 15 locations across Worcester, starting at The Guildhall taking in Worcester Cathedral, his recently unveiled statue in the Cornmarket, the Studdert Kennedy family home and his final resting place at St John’s Cemetery.

The Woodbine Willie Trail is free and available at Worcester TIC, The Hive and other heritage venues across the City. The Trail is also available to download free at

A Trail commemorating the life of music hall star Vesta Tilley will be launched later in the year.

The Worcestershire World War One Hundred programme, which received the largest Heritage Lottery Fund Grant outside of London for a project commemorating the First World War, will commemorate the role Worcestershire played in World War One and tell the stories of Worcestershire people, their involvement with and personal legacy from the War.

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