The picturesque Worcestershire town of Evesham, famous for gardening and its long-lost abbey, has a fascinating military heritage. It was the scene of the Battle of Evesham in 1265 where Simon de Montfort (the father of Parliament) suffered a violent death. During the English Civil War, in 1644, Charles I held court in the town, while in 1645 there was a fierce engagement between a Royalist garrison and Parliamentary forces. Like many other English towns, Evesham served and suffered during two world wars. While few bombs fell on the town during the Second World War, there was significant local activity including a Home Guard, anti-tank defence, a military hospital, barracks, local auxiliary units (maquis) and, later on, POWs. In this book author Stan Brotherton looks at some of the key moments in Evesham's military history, highlighting their impact on the town.
Stan Brotherton is Evesham born-and-bred. He has a background in teaching, accountancy, technology, management consultancy and charity work. He was treasurer for the local Bell Tower Appeal, and managed the development phase of the associated Conservation Project. He was a founding trustee and treasurer of the Evesham Abbey Trust, working to conserve and investigate the site of Evesham's long-lost abbey (founded c.700; dissolution 1540). As a life member of the Vale of Evesham Historical Society (VEHS), he has worked on a range of local heritage projects (plaques, panels, displays, talks, articles, etc.). From his earliest days he has had an abiding interest in the history and heritage of his home town, the ancient and picturesque market town of Evesham.