Originally an isolated fishery settlement in pre- Norman times the village of Areley Kings is now included within the boundaries of the town of Stourport on Severn but for many centuries it was a separate community based largely on agriculture. A notable period in its history was the way the village responded to the Great War when not only over 100 of the local men went to fight but there was also great suport to the war effort at home.
An Auxiliary Hospital, staffed by local people, was established which cared for 448 wounded servicemen between 1914 and 1918, refugees were taken in and suported, women went to work on the land whilst others contributed by making clothing and comforts for the troops. Like all communities the village played its part in the War and this merits being set down as a permanent record.
Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo. Little significance in Areley Kings.
Great Britain declares war on Germany.
Rector of Areley Kings preaches inspiring, patriotic sermon.
First volunteers from the village.
First death of a man from the village Private John Henry Calder in the Gallipoli campaign.
Death of Private Charles Corbett - Krithia Gallipoli.
Death of Trooper Claude Shaddock - Qatia Oasis Egypt.
Death of Private Leonard Evans - Downs Sanitorium Surrey.
Death of Rifleman Joseph Mapp - Battle of the Somme
Death of Rifleman Reginald Speake – Battle of the Somme
Death of Private Alfred Corbett - Vimy Ridge Battle of Arras
Death of Leading Stoker Charles Mills – Battle of Otranto Barrage
Death of Private Harry Elcox – Railway Dugouts Zillebeke
Death of Gunner John Rogers - Passchendaele
Death of Private Joseph Higgs – 3rd Battle of Ypres
Death of Private Frederick Mapp from disease in Mesopotamia
Death of Corporal Stephen King Mapp from wounds at Neuve Chapelle
Death of Private William White – 2nd Battle of the Somme
Death of Sergeant Vincent Bowen – Arras
Cease fire announced – celebration peal of church bells
Decision to create a permanent memorial to the fallen
Signing of Official Peace Treaty and Grand Parade in celebration
Men’s Peace Dinner in Dunley
Ladies Peace Tea at the Rectory
Dedication of Pillar of Remembrance