A SPECIAL exhibition telling the story of the men and women who dealt with civilian casualties and refugees during both world wars is being held in Dursley.

To mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One the exhibition at St Mark’s Church will tell the story of the Friends Ambulance Unit and Relief Service, which provided first aid and medical relief during the two conflicts.

Dursley resident and regular member of St Mark’s Church, Lionel Ayliffe, was a big part of the organisation and the event will also illustrate his work and many of his interests in the 90 years of his life, mostly spent in the town.

Organising the day is Jennifer Kendrick, who is keen to see loans of artefacts, pictures, anecdotes, small displays.

“Any help to manage it all would be gratefully accepted to further our efforts to honour and fondly remember this very English gentleman,” she said.

The free exhibition will run from Saturday, June 14 until Friday June 20, and will be opened by Stroud District Council chairman Dennis Andrewartha at 10am with a coffee morning on Saturday.

For more information, contact Jennifer via email Jmkendrick07@gmail.com or calling 01453 549476.