St Eloi,-Village of the Craters!! By Chris John
12 Jun


St Eloi,-Village of the Craters!! 
A look at the life of Sir John Norton Griffiths,- African para military adventurer, gold and diamond miner, civil engineer and founder of the Tunnelling Companies of the Great War. A look at the first British concerted use of mines in the Action at St Eloi June 1916 and the Magnus Opus of the tunnelling war, the Battle of Messines June 1917 with 19 huge mines exploded on a 10 mile front. Who were the "Moles" and what was "Kicking on the Cross" with a "Grafting Tool" ? All will be revealed!
Chris John is the Vice-chair of Birmingham Branch WFA. A badged battlefield guide of the Guild of Battlefield Guides, Chris has a long interest in the Great War, especially in the less well known aspects and has led many branch and other trips to the Western Front.  
12 Jun 2021 14:30