St Margaretís Hospice
Although the St Margaret’s Hospice shop’s main entrance is on High St, it also occupies 2 and 4 Queen Street. You can see the premises at the front left of the vintage image.
In 1914, Arthur Rose, furniture dealer was at number 2. His and his wife Annie’s son, Private Douglas Rose, served with the 4th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry, with whom he went to India. He was killed in Mesopotamia (now Iraq) in April 1916. He was aged 21.
Throughout the First World War, number 4 was the home of Ernest Cardwell, a tailor, his wife Sarah and their family. Their son, Private Charles Cardwell, enlisted in 1915 at the age of 19. He served with the Somerset Light Infantry and was wounded, but survived the war.
Image courtesy of Jeffrey Allen