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Bulletin amendment - WFA Lancs and Cheshire speaker dates

Bulletin amendment - WFA Lancs and Cheshire speaker dates

Terry Jackson, WFA Lancashire and Cheshire Chairman, has notified that dates in the current issue of the WFA's Bulletin have been juxtaposed for 10 January and 14 March 2014.

The correct speakers and dates are:
Jan 10 Aimee Goddern 'Brigade Staff Hopeless & Inefficient?'
Mar 14 Rob Thompson 'Canadians after Vimy Ridge'.

The website listing for Lancashire and Cheshire events is correct.

 

 

BBC wishes to trace relatives or descendants of those featured in 1960s "The Great War" TV series

BBC wishes to trace relatives or descendants of those featured in 1960s

Chris Baker, former Chairman of the WFA, makes this request on behalf of the BBC. Please note: if anyone has this information and would prefer not to make it public by posting on Chris's Facebook page (see below for address), please either send me a message and I will ask Chris for the email address of the BBC producer involved. He will happily talk to you directly, not least to save a bit of time.

The BBC is seeking to find relatives or descendants of certain people who were interviewed for the 1960s "Great War" series. This is with a view to finding photographs or other information about those people that are not already in the public domain. The photos and information may be used in a major TV programme for next year and if the relatives/descendants are interested there may be a possibility that they could be featured themselves.

This is quite urgent and I ask all WFA members and our website visitors to reply or pass on this request if they have any knowledge at all of the families involved.

The people from the series are:

Robert Bell (who came from Blairgowrie)

Horace Leslie Birks (London, served as a General in WW2)

Allan E Bray (Salisbury, Wilts)

Frank Brent (Melbourne, VIC, Australia)

Charles Edmund Carrington (Birmingham and London)

Archibald Gunter Cochrane (Barnet)

Clifford W Craske (Chertsey)

Stanley F Down (Burnham on Sea)

Kitty Eckersley, also known as Katie Hooley and Kitty Mortier (last known in Chorley, Lancashire)

Norman Demuth (Bognor Regis)

Edward Walter Glendinning (Southampton)

George T Hancox (Canada, possibly Ottawa)

Sebastian C Lang (East Horsley (Horley?), Surrey)

Mabel Lethbridge (last known St Ives, Cornwall)

Cecil Arthur Lewis (the RFC/RAF author)

Norman Macmillan (RFC/RAF, Scotland, possibly Glasgow)

Reginald J Mason (King's Langley)

Joseph (Joe) Murray (RMLI, Loughton, Sussex)

Victor Packer (Bristol)

John Willis Palmer (Leyton)

Benjamin R Richards (Portishead)

Ralph Silk (Harrow)

Richard Henry Tobin (RMLI, Barnes)

Ernest Luzerne Todd (Sevenoaks)

Francis Barker Vaughan (possibly Sheffield area)

Chris's Facebook page is here.

Contact the Web Editor here.

 

WFA Suffolk Annual Seminar October 2014

WFA Suffolk Annual Seminar October 2014

Booking is now available for the first event in WFA Suffolk's six year series:

25 October 2014: The men who went to war

Charles Messenger: The regular British Army and its performance in the first months of the war

Jack Sheldon: The German Army from Mons to Ypres

Richard van Emden: 'Tickled to Death to Go' - Trooper 8292 Ben Clouting, 4th (Royal Irish) Dragoon Guards

Jack Sheldon, Charles Messenger and Richard van Emden: Forum

Venue: The Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre, Ipswich

Tickets: £25 to include a buffet lunch, morning coffee and afternoon tea. The centre also has a bar.

Time: 10am - 5pm

There will be an meal at the venue for those who wish to stay on for the evening, at a further cost of £25 Please also indicate any special dietary needs. Please indicate if you wish to stay for the meal and send the additional £25. Menu choices will be sent to those staying for the evening. Places for the evening are limited so please book early.

Tickets can be purchased online NOW through PayPal at: www.suffolkwfa.org/western-front-100.html
or by cheque, posted with SAE, to:
Western Front 100, 137 Angel Street, Hadleigh. Suffolk. IP7 5BY

Book early to avoid disappointment.

Download the series leaflet below.

 

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 30 November 2013 12:24 )

Remains found at the Ulster Tower, Somme

Remains found at the Ulster Tower, Somme

Major roadworks and improvements are ongoing in the Thiepval area of the Somme region of France in preparation for the Centenary of the Great War. Part of these improvements is the widening of the Pozières to Beaumont Hamel Road.

On Thursday morning, 21 November 2013, work commenced directly outside the Ulster Tower. This is in preparation to improve the parking area and provide a cobbled pathway from the Tower to Connaught Cemetery and Thiepval Wood as well as to widen the roadway. The work is being carried out and financed by the French regional authorities. By agreement, part of these improvements includes property belonging to the Ulster Tower, ie directly in front of the Tower between the boundary wall and the edge of the road.

At approximately 11:15, as a large track digger was working and both Custodians of the Ulster Tower, Don and Maureen Mitchell, were in attendance, soldier's equipment and what appeared to be human remains became visible. The contractors were immediately asked to stop work in that area, which they did without hesitation. The area was preserved and the remains covered from public view. Mr Bob Thompson from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) in Thiepval was contacted and all necessary steps put in place to recover the remains which were treated with the utmost respect at all times.

It would not be appropriate to comment on the possible identification of the soldier at this stage. The Somme Association will assist the CWGC in whatever way possible. Save to say there is a strong indication that he was a member of the Royal Irish Rifles. The picture shows the cap badge found with the remains.

Also during the excavations the bucket of the track digger struck what is believed to have been a German mortar gas shell. This ruptured, a gas cloud developed and the area was hastily evacuated. The French authorities have dealt with the situation.

Update from John Knight on 24 November:I have just spoken with Maureen, from the Ulster Tower. She has confirmed the details of the story. The only additional information she gave was that the remains were distributed in such a way as to indicate that the soldier might have been killed by a shell, rather than gunfire.

 

With thanks to Steve7 on the WFA's Front Forum, The Somme Association and John Knight, Chairman of WFA Somme Branch.

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 November 2013 22:20 )

WFA Merseyside Great War Exhibition, Birkenhead Park Visitors Centre 1-9 November 2013

WFA Merseyside Great War Exhibition, Birkenhead Park Visitors Centre 1-9 November 2013

Merseyside WFA Branch Chairman Peter Threlfall reports on thier attendance at the Great War Exhibition at the Birkenhead Park Visitors Centre from 1-9 November, 2013.

There was a continuous stream of people coming through the door, with no let up during the week. Potentially, the membership has jumped up from a hardcore of about 25, up to 35-40.

The Manageress, Anne Litherland has invited us back, and we are already planning the next event with a meeting before the end of this month. The staff at the park told me after the event that for them, our exhibition was by the far the best they had had in a long time with regards footfall through the door.

Peter Threlfall

WFA Merseyside branch Chairman

Image courtesy Wirral Globe


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