The November meeting is the Surrey Branch AGM. This normally takes about 20 minutes. It will be followed by two presentations by Branch members, showing what a wealth of expertise there is among our members and the extent of the personal research that many of us carry out
The three talks this year are as follows:
Graeme Cole explains how grenades were used in WW1 and brings along some examples from his personal collection. He will outline the rapid development of the Mills bomb and other grenades as the men on the ground responded to the deadlock of the trenches. Members will be able to look more closely at the collection during the coffee break.
“This book, hand-crafted by myself, documents my journey as a battlefield tour photographer with the Western Front Association Surrey branch from 2012 to the present day; retracing the steps of the soldiers that fought and died here. The images in this publication have been organised by date and location of each individual tour with a quote from a soldier - dividing the chapters and adding context to each chapter in a few poignant and harrowing words. Additionally, the photographs have been produced by both digital and film cameras including the Kodak Vest Pocket - a camera that soldiers took with them in the early years of the war. This body of work pays homage to all those involved in the conflict; to creatively and respectfully exhibit and represent their sacrifice - a sacrifice to be perpetually remembered.”
Members of The Western Front Association and non-members are equally welcome. We ask for a modest £3 donation on the door. This includes tea, coffee and biscuits at the break (before the Q&A session with the speaker). There is a book raffle and books about the Great War are usually available for sale.
Any new visitors will be assured of a welcoming and friendly atmosphere among a group of like-minded enthusiasts.
The meeting starts at 7.45pm. Doors open at 7:15pm.
The picture shows a Mill's hand Grenade No.5 Mk 2 © IWM (Q 65497)