LUTTERWORTH & DISTRICT MUSEUM hold a large amount of Military Memorabilia and Medals including ranging from the Boer War through to World War 2.
This includes a Prussian helmet which was a battle trophy brought home by a Lutterworth man, WW1 service medals, a WW1 Lee Enfield .303 rifle, WW2 memorabilia including medals and a Home Guard Uniform, and many other items. 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
This particular example was brought back to England from France by a soldier who lived in Pailton. The soldier got off the train at Rugby Train Station and then walked from Rugby to Pailton. As he was walking he thought ‘why am I carrying this heavy gun all this way?’. It was at this point he decided to throw this 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 (Leicestershire) 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 Architect W K Bedingford. It was unveiled by the Earl of Denbigh on the 24th of May 1921 and had fifty two names of the fallen remembered on it.