The Crown Hotel - Driver Price
During World War One, the Crown Hotel was run by Tom Price.
Driver Wilfred John Price was Tom’s eldest son and was exempted from enlistment as he was needed to help his father. Wilfred then became a motor mechanic, working at Sampson’s Garage in Broad Street. He initially joined the Royal Naval Air Service in November 1917 but transferred to the RAF in April 1918. On returning to Wells in 1918, he worked as a chauffeur for Sampson’s. Wilfred died from influenza in 1921.
The Crown Hotel also hosted members of the 134th and 260th Companies of the MTASC (Mechanical Transport Army Service Corps) who were based in Wells during 1915 before embarkation to France. You can see Tom Price on the right of the image showing their van.
Images © Wells &Mendip Museum (building); courtesy of the Sealy family (MTASC image); and © Wells Journal (advert)
Extracted from "Lest we forget... The men on the Wells War Memorial who died in the Great War" by Sue Curragh and Pete Trueman - available for purchase
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