On this sunny but cold Saturday morning (27th March 2021), I walked from my home up to Winshill to have a look around the Coltman VC Peace Wood, just off Mill Hill Lane. I have been up Mill Hill Lane many times whilst out walking, but never ventured into the Peace Wood until now.
William Harold Coltman, VC, DCM & Bar, MM & Bar was born in the village of Rangemore near Burton on Trent in November 1891. A Christian, he worked as a market gardener in Burton and taught at the Sunday School in Winshill. In January 1915, he joined up to serve in the British Army in the First World War. Coltman served in The North Staffordshire Regiment as a stretcher bearer, refusing to bear arms because of his Christian faith.
In October 1918, he had heard that wounded soldiers near Sequehart in France had been left behind…
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