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107: October 2016

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'Comparing the Somme and Arras' a talk given by Mike Coyle

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Comparing the Somme 1916 and Arras 1917 by Mike Coyle  Both battles were equally fierce, both with heavy losses yet 100 years on the Somme lives in our consciousness , whilst few know of the Battle of Arras.     



'Could the Battle of the Somme have been won?' a talk given by Professor Stephen Badsey

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Professor Stephen Badsey will give an analysis of alternative courses of action for the BEF in the Battle of the Somme 1916. Members of the WFA and non - members are equally welcome. We ask for a modest £4 donation on the door which will include a free raffle ticket.  Any new visitors will be assured of an welcoming and friendly atmosphere among …


'From The Somme To Cambrai - The Long Road To Victory' a talk given by Lt Col Geoffrey Vesey Holt MBE

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Lt Col Geoffrey Vessey Holt MBE makes a very welcome return to the branch to present another talk about the role of tanks in The First World War. In less than two years between January 1916 and November 1917, the British tanks went from the first tank "Mother" through their first and modest support to the infantry at the Battle of Flers in Septemb…


'The Battle of the Somme' with Peter Baron

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Peter Barton is an author and broadcaster. He has written extensively on the war above and below ground in Flanders and in May 2010 he carried out excavations at Mametz on the Somme which discovered pieces of a Livens Large Gallery Flame Projector. That resulted in an associated television programme, and in 2016 he wrote and fronted the three-p…


'Gloucestershire and the Somme' a talk by Bob Brunsdon

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Bob Brunsdon's presentation commemorates the county's association with the Battle of the Somme through the stories of individual soldiers from the county who fought there, both on the First Day and in subsequent operations. Through their experiences, we will also examine the role of various battalions of the Gloucestershire Regiment in this long …



‘Now is the Winter of our discontent’ - Somme Dec 1916 - March 1917' a talk by Sean Godfrey

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The period from when the Somme battle officially ended to operation Alberich, the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line. IMAGE. Ice broken up by shell fire on the battlefield at Beaumont Hamel, December 1916 Q 1683  


'The Battles of the Somme and Arras compared' by Mike Coyne

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Mike is an experienced researcher and writer on Military History. His interest in Arras was sparked by the death of a Great Uncle at Arras in May 2017. He was concerned that few know of Arras whilst all know of The Somme. He has visited the Arras Battle sites several times.   A great deal has been written and is known about the Battle of the Somm…


20 August 1897 Cpl / Flt.Cdt John Arthur Wilson MM: Durham Light Infantry, Machine Gun Corps, Royal Air Force

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As a boy, after Sunday lunch, I recall sitting on my grandfather's knee and he would start off with the line ‘have I told you about the time ...' and he'd then add, ‘.... we were gassed' or '.... we took a German prisoner' or '..... I was transferred to the Royal Flying Corps'. Perhaps this started my interest in history. In his 96th year Jack ret…


'Wilfreth and Hubert - Two Officers from the Somme to 1918' a talk by Michael Stedman

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Michael Stedman will be giving a talk on two officers who served on the Somme in 1916 through to 1918.   We meet at the White Horse Inn, Trowse on the first Thursday of each month at 7.30pm.  


'The other first day on the Somme. The success of the French Sixth Army 1st July 1916' by Bill McCormick

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Bill McCormick will give a talk on the success of the French Sixth Army on the First Day of the Somme.   We meet at the White Horse Inn, Trowse on the first Thursday of each month at 7.30pm.


'Comparing the Somme 1916 with Arras 1917' by Mike Coyle

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Both battles, the Somme and Arras, were equally fierce, both with heavy losses, yet 100 years on The Somme lives in our consciousness, whilst few know of the Battle of Arras. The talk discusses possible conclusions.   IMAGES: Public Domain. Wikipedia. Ruins of the Hôtel de Ville, Arras 26 May 1917. Somme 25 September 1916. British troops moving…


3 October 1916 Pte John Henry Hargreaves died on this day of his wounds

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A weaver from Burnley, Lancashire, John was also a keen footballer and secretary of the Burnley and District Junior Football League. He enlisted into the 3/4th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment in early 1916 but was transferred to the North Lancs whilst at Witley in Surrey, prior to embarking on overseas service in August 1916. Severely wounded …


033: Winter 1991

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036: Winter 1992

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'Filming and Photography of the Somme Battle June-July 1916' by Andy Robertshaw

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Andy Robertshaw will give a talk on the filming and photography during the Somme Battle June-July 1916.  Andy Robertshaw is a well known historian, broadcaster and educator.   We meet at the White Horse Inn, The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm