It was handmade at the Western Front using a petrol can, a pick axe handle and the skill of its maker R.P. Quelch. It must have given a moment of entertainment to his fellow troops at a horrible time.
Mr Quelch returned safely from the war, settled in Pershore, and went on to have a successful career with the Great Western Railway.
The cello was donated to the museum, after his death at the age of 94, by Mr Quelch’s son-in-law. Although we know others were made, this is the only one we have found that has survived.