What's on: Anzac Day Commemoration Service
When: Wednesday, 25th April 2018
What time: 10:30am to 11:30am
Where: Welford Road Cemetery, Welford Road, Leicester
Members are welcome to join the Friends of Welford Road Cemetery in their commemoration of those Australian casualties from WW1 who are buried in the cemetery.
Meet at the cemetery's Visitor Centre at 10:30am before heading to the War Cemetery within the Cemetery for a short service of remembrance.
Following the service, refreshments will be served in the Visitor Centre. The event is free to attend but donations are welcome to cover the cost of the Poppy Crosses the FoWRC put out every year. The cost for each poppy cross is approx £1 and is paid to the Royal British Legion.
(image courtesy of Brian Roffee)
What's on: Illustrated Talk on Spring 1918, the Western Front and the Oadby Home Front.
When: Wednesday, 25th April 2018
What time: 7:00pm
Where: St. Peter's Parish Church, Wigston Road, Oadby LE2 5QE
What's on: Leicester War Memorials Rescue Project - Open Day
When: Saturday, 19th May 2018
What time: 11:00am to 4:00pm
Where: The Chancel, All Saints' Church, Highcross Street, Leicester
On Saturday, 19th May, the Project - set up and fronted by Branch Members Denis Kenyon and Chris Stephens - will be holding a further Open Day for the 2018 season when visitors will be able to view the Project's growing and fascinating collection of "orphaned memorials" plus a newly acquired group of pictures of some of the former headteachers of Alderman Newton's school in the city.
Details of all the Project's scheduled Open Days for 2018 can be found here.
For further information on the Project and the Open Days then please click on the image below.
What's on - The Wipers Times
When - Monday, 24 September - Saturday, 29 September
What time - Various
Where - The Curve Theatre, Rutland Street, Leicester LE1 1SB
Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s The Wipers Times tells the true and extraordinary story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme. The Wipers Times is coming to Leicester direct from a record breaking West End season.
In a bombed out building during the First World War in the Belgian town of Ypres (mis-pronounced Wipers by British soldiers), two officers discover a printing press and create a newspaper for the troops. Far from being a sombre journal about life in the trenches, they produced a resolutely cheerful, subversive and very funny newspaper designed to lift the spirits of the men on the front line.
Defying enemy bombardment, gas attacks and the disapproval of many of the top Brass, The Wipers Times rolled off the press for two years and was an extraordinary tribute to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of overwhelming adversity.
For performance times, ticket prices and availablity please follow THIS LINK to the Curve Theatre's website.
In the Shadow of Bois Hugo by Nigel Atter
Branch member, Nigel Atter, has published his first book which is titled "In the Shadow of Bois Hugo: The 8th Lincolns at the Battle of Loos."
"This is the first book dedicated to the subject of the 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 to be found - including the methods of recruitment; the initial training (or lack of it); the lack and late arrival of equipment; and the actual fighting experience of the 8th Lincolns at Loos. Importantly, this volume challenges the well-established British historiography about the general reserves and their performance at Loos, with the author arguing that the reserves, rather than being routed, stood, fought and died at Loos in 1915.
Following extensive archival research, the author has also built up a picture of the officers, which range from the very young junior second lieutenants straight out of university - the Officer Training Corps (OTC) - to a man who had seen 25 years' army service, but had never experienced a shot fired in anger until Loos. The men who constituted the ordinary soldiers were commonly the 'salt of the earth' - drawn from the ranks of the industrial and agricultural labouring classes. There is no great captain amongst them, but their grit and determination to the bitter end is an example of soldierly conduct in the best traditions of the British Army.
British historiography hasn't been kind to the reserves who fought at Loos - claiming, at worst: 'They bolted!' and, at best, they were tired out by a forced march... hungry and wet through. The reality is at least one company stood and fought until almost completely out of ammunition, with all their officers dead or seriously wounded; surrounded by Germans with machine guns, the surviving Lincolns were captured.
The experience of the 8th Lincolns is placed in the wider context, with the British Expeditionary Force's (BEF) learning process during 1915 and the aftermath of the accusations which led to the dismissal of Sir John French as Commander-in-Chief of the BEF and Sir Douglas Haig's appointment as the Chief.
This book will appeal on a number of levels: it documents the life of an otherwise hitherto unknown Kitchener battalion; it challenges orthodox historiography; and it firmly shows that rather than running away, the 8th Lincolns (and, more generally, the reserves) behaved, by and large, with courage and resolution."
The book is available to purchase via the publisher - Helion and Company - and from Amazon.
Leicester at War 1914-15 Touring Exhibition
A mobile exhibition bringing to life Leicester during the First World War will be travelling to communities across the city.
The travelling display is based on the ‘Leicester At War 1914-1915’ exhibition, which formed part of the city’s war commemorations at New Walk Museum and Art Gallery.
Organisations can now book to host the touring exhibition themselves. It is available until the end of 2018.
Bookings to host the exhibition can be made to Leicester history curator Philip French, at: email@example.com
The Royal Leicestershire Regiment Museum Trench Reconstruction - Newarke Houses Museum, Leicester
Follow the story of The Royal Leicestershire Regiment reflecting on its many campaigns, individual acts of bravery and the every day life of a soldier. The exhibition looks at Regimental life through the eyes of ordinary soldiers and of the people at home and explores how they were affected by war. Includes a re-constructed trench and displays on World War I.
To find out more about the trench reconstruction and other items in the Regiment's collection then please follow this link.
(image courtesy of Leicester City Council Museums)
Details of a variety of forthcoming events can be found by using the following links:
Oral History Recordings Available
The EMOHA has made available around 21 recordings of interviews with people from Leicestershire and Rutland who experienced first-hand the effects of the First World War. The recordings provide a fascinating insight into life during 1914-18 and cover topics such as:
- The Start of the War
- Life on the Home Front
- Death and Absence
A link to the recordings can be found here. You do not need to download any "SoundCloud" software in order to be able to listen to them (just speakers or headphones!)