Andrew's talk will be about his research into compiling a nominal roll of the 'Chums of the Old Contemptibles' Association, the sources used and some of the pitfalls and findings that he has come across. Find out what his research has revealed with regards to the membership and the lives of some of those who returned home after serving during the Great War - Hear the stories of some of the individual Chums.
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Andrew currently works as a self-employed military history researcher and author. He studied BA (Hons) History and War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton and, many years later, for an MPhil at the University of Birmingham, which was awarded for his thesis on The Territorial Force in Staffordshire from 1908 to 1915. Andrew was also appointed an Honorary Research Fellow of the Centre for First World War Studies at the University of Birmingham. He has a long-standing interest in the British Expeditionary Force in 1914 and is currently researching The Old Contemptibles' Association and its membership - the Chums. Andrew is married to Angela and has a son, William, as well as four cats.
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The Warwick Arms Hotel provides a bar for refreshments. There is a question and answer session after the talk, followed by a raffle. Members and non-members of The Western Front Association are equally welcome. New visitors are assured a warm and friendly atmosphere.