Lutterworth and District Museum holds an interesting amount of memorabilia and medals from the first and second World Wars.
Included within the collection is a Prussian helmet, which was a battle trophy brought home by a Lutterworth man; WW1 service medals including “Pip, Squeak and Alfred” (do the research or come and ask us!!), Lee Enfield .303 rifles from both wars, a Lutterworth Home Guard Uniform, and many other items such as ration books and wartime aircraft spotters guides that were used by the military to identify enemy aircraft overhead. We also hold reference books which record the history of the two world wars, written at the time or shortly after the conflicts took place.
.303 RIFLE USED IN WW1
Our example from The Great War was brought back to England from France by a de-mobbed soldier who lived in Pailton. The soldier got off the train at Rugby station and then walked from there to Pailton. As he was walking he questioned why he was carrying his heavy gun all that way. At that point he decided to throw the rifle into a brook.
Twelve months later he was sitting in a pub with one of his friends, telling him the story about the .303 rifle. They quickly finished their drink and walked together to the brook where they found the weapon in remarkably good condition.
The Lutterworth war memorial is situated in the middle of the town on the junction of Church Street and George Street and was constructed by local builder Peter Rourke to a design by the Lutterworth architect Waller Bedingfield. It was unveiled by the Earl of Denbigh on the 24th of May 1921 to remember the 52 fallen Lutterworth residents who gave their lives in the Great War.