Commemorating the First World War Centenary at Gunby Hall
Two of Gunby's inhabitants, Archie and Stephen, fought in and survived the war. Learn more about them when you visit Gunby during the centenary years. Visit the exhibition with maps from the Battle of Loos in the newly opened first floor sitting room.
Born in 1869, Stephen Massingberd lived at Gunby from 1897 until his death in 1925. He was a Major in the Lincolnshire Regiment during the First World War and was part of the General Staff and mentioned in despatches. Luckily he survived the war and returned to Gunby in 1918.
Born in 1871, Field Marshal Sir Archibald 'Archie' Montgomery-Massingberd enjoyed a brilliant military career. Archie served in the British Expeditionary Force (BEF). He was Chief of the General Staff of the 4th Army of the BEF during the First World War. He was promoted to Field Marshal by George V in 1935. Archie and his wife Diana retired to Gunby in 1936, where he died in 1947.
Battle of Loos exhibition
Visit the newly opened first floor sitting room to explore large maps from the Battle of Loos. These maps were used by Archie to illustrate lectures he gave to his military peers in 1915 and 1916 about lessons that could be learned from the mistakes that were made at the time.
There are several collection pieces linked to the First World War. A silver salver was given to Stephen Massingberd by the tenants of Gunby on his return from the war in 1918. Archie kept many photos, postcards and Christmas cards from his entire military career that he sent home to Gunby from the front. He stuck them to two wooden screens and turned them into interesting collages. The screens can be found in the basement exhibitions.
All our 3800+ collection items are also available online. Why not have a browse and look for all our WWI related pieces.