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005: Summer 1982


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'The 21st Division at Loos, 1915' a presentation by Dr Derek Clayton


With no battlefield experience, the 21st Division was thrown into action at Loos, on the second day of what was at that time the biggest battle ever fought by the British Army. The widely accepted story is that the men of 21st Division advanced against the German Second Defensive Line and were routed by enemy machine gun fire. The true picture is …

'8th Lincs: In the shadow of Bois Hugo' by Nigel Attar


This talk looks at 8th (Service) Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment during the First World War - and this particular Kitchener battalion has been a neglected topic of study; however, there is a rich mine of information on it including the methods of recruitment; the initial training (or lack of it); the lack and late arrival of equipment; and the act…

"Uttoxeter's Sacrifice at Loos" by Gillian and Alan Talbot


Gillian and Alan's talk will focus on the impact on the town of the attack on the Hohenzollern Redoubt on the 13th of October 1915, when Uttoxeter lost 15 men on one day. It was the first occasion in which the town lost a large number of men in a single day and it shocked the people at home. The talk will be illustrated with photographs taken at t…

Who was Ronald Johnson ?


Prologue With the Glazer family take-over of Manchester United Football Club between 2003 and 2005 a group of Manchester United supporters, who were disillusioned at the way that ‘modern' football was being run (and organised in general), decided to form their own, totally democratic, supporter-owned, breakaway club. After much discussion, this ne…

'Loos' with Nigel Atter


Nigel Atter will lead us through the build up to Loos and then the battle using maps and photographs. Nigel is well known to the Branch and this promises to be a very informative talk.

'21st Division at Loos' with Dr Derek Clayton


Derek Clayton will be giving a presentation on the 21st Division at the Battle of Loos. The British did not want to want to fight in this area nor did they want to fight a major battle until 1916. However they were pressed into fighting in 1915 by the French and the Russians.  This was the largest Battle fought to date and the first in which the …

23 May 2020 : 8th President's Conference - Theme '1915 Revisited'


This annual event is held at the Tally Ho! Club, Birmingham each May. The theme, with speakers to be confirmed, is '1915 Revisited', the year of the battles of Soissons, Neuve Chapelle, Champagne, Second Ypres, Aubers Ridge, Festubert, Bellewarde and Loos. It it the year that saw Sir Douglas Haig replace Field Marshal Sir John French, in which the…