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Our February 2017 Newsletter

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  Welcome to the February edition of the Newsletter.  The topical photograph this month is of my great-grandfather John Welch (1876 – 1926), East Surrey Regt.  Unfortunately his records are lost but from family stories he went to France in January or February 1917 after suffering from Pleurisy whilst at Dover Castle.  In the summer of 1918 he wa…


'They Shoot Spies - the untold story of the first female agents' a talk by Dr Viv Newman

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Dr Viv Newman will give a talk on the untold story of the first female agents.   Dr Newman’s lecture looks at female spies, from  Aphra Benn, a 17th century British poet, author and playwright, who was recruited as a political spy by King Charles II to Marthe Cnockhaert, a young Belgian nurse of the  First World War.   Marthe spied on Germans …


Secrets in a Dead Fish

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By Melanie King Bodleian Library, 2014. ; £8.99, 102 pp, inc Glossary and Notes ISBN 978-1-85124-260-3 Book review by Barbara Taylor This small volume is sub-titled The Spying Game in the First World War. ‘Game’ might be a word that springs to mind when reading this book. To modern eyes, with Facebook, GPS devices and sophisticated digital means…


'They Shoot Spies–the untold story of the first female agents' with Dr Viv Newman

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Moving beyond the stereotypes of Edith Cavell and Mata Hari, this talk by Dr. Viv Newman explores the lives and actions of two Belgian and one French women whose espionage made a significant contribution to the Allied cause. One is believed to be the only woman, probably the only person, to have been decorated by France, Belgian, Britain AND Germa…


Remembering The Great War #GreatWar100 : 9 & 10 November

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Featuring informal talks from Peter Hart, Dr Vivien Newman, Richard Van Emden, Alexandra Churchill, Peter Doyle, Joshua Levine, Phil Weir, Dan Hill and Laura Burkinshaw, #GreatWar100 is a major educational and commemorative event for the Centenary of the Armistice  The programme for #GreatWar100 will be lead by a number of established Great War hi…


Artists, Linguists, Writers and Maniacs - MI5 Officers of WW1

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This month local member Phil Tomaselli will speak on one of his many subjects - MI5 officers of the Great War period. Phil has spent many hours researching this subject at kew and elsewhere and will shre the output with us. Gathering intelligence has always been an essential element of warfare and this talk promises to be an informative insight int…