Search results for WW1.

'Alice in Wonderland and her lost boys: from Oxford and the rabbit hole to the Somme and beyond' with Marietta Crichton Stuart

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This is the story of Alice Liddell, who, as a little girl (pictured), had been the inspiration for Lewis Carroll's story 'Alice's Adventures Underground'. With royal romance, a society marriage, and the loss of two sons in the Great War, Alice led an eventful life in an rapidly changing world. Also, during the talk, Marietta reveals some unexpected…


Ground-breaking Developments in Treatment of the Wounded on the Western Front 1914-18 with Tom Scotland

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Tom Scotland discusses the tremendous progress that was made in the treatment of wounded soldiers during the Great War, which significantly improved their chances of survival. This is a Zoom Meeting: for details on how to join in contact londoneastwfa@gmail.com  


It’s My War Too - Children at War 1914-1918 with Dr Vivien Newman

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Dr Vivien Newman draws on her latest book to discuss children’s experience of World War One.   This is a Zoom Meeting: for details on how to join in contact londoneastwfa@gmail.com


Victory Over Blindness: the Story of the Blind Veterans of the First World War and the Man Who Inspired Them with Rob Baker

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Rob Baker is the archivist at Blind Veterans UK (formerly St Dunstan’s) where his responsibilities include safeguarding and adding to the historical material which the charity has accumulated over its 106-year history. This talk will focus on the remarkable blind man Sir Arthur Pearson who founded the charity in response to the injuries suffered by…


Cork VC's of the Great War with Gerry White

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During the Great War, a total of thirty-seven Irish servicemen were awarded the Victoria Cross. Of that number, five had connections to the city and county of Cork. These were: Corporal Michael O’Leary of the 1st Battalion, Irish Guards; Corporal William Cosgrove, 1st Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers; Captain Gerald O’Sullivan, 1st Battalion, Roy…


The Stomach for Fighting: Food and the Soldiers of the Great War with Rachel Duffett

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Food is critical to military performance, but it is also central to social interaction and fundamental to our sense of identity. The soldiers of the Great War didn't shed their eating preferences with their civilian clothes and the army rations, heavily reliant on bully beef and hardtack biscuit, were frequently found wanting. Nutritional science o…


Riding the Red Zone: The Tour of the Battlefields in 1919 with Tom Isitt

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The Circuit des Champs de Bataille (the Tour of the Battlefields) was held in 1919, less than six months after the end of the First World War. It covered 2,000 kilometres and was raced in appalling conditions across the battlefields of the Western Front, otherwise known as the Zone Rouge. The race was so tough that only 21 riders finished, and it w…


Sikh Voices of the Great War with Sukwinder Bassi

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The Great War produced a vast literature of novels, poems and myths, but the story of Sikh soldiers at this time is mostly forgotten. The book on which this talk is based seeks to address this by telling the story of the war through the eyes of the Sikh soldier and Sikh people, examining their war time experiences of the Western Front, England and …


Lance verses Lance: the Myth of Moncel with Major Phil Watson

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The Talk On the 7 September 1914 the 9th Lancers (2nd Cavalry Brigade) conducted the last lance verses lance charge on the Western Front. It took place at Le Moncel, just outside Paris, on what would become the end of the Retreat and the beginning of the Battle of the Marne. The commanding officer, and two troops of B Squadron charged a squadron f…