Features & Events

Forthcoming and Past Events are listed in chronological order

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Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes

Armed Forces Day

 

Saturday 17 June 2017

 

Aylesbury Rugby Club Ground, Weston Turville

 

1200-1900

 

Events will include a fly past between 1.00 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. by the Red Arrows and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. There will also be the 'First World War Village' featuring displays of uniform and equipment as well as information on Great War servicemen with representatives from the Bucks Military Museum Trust, the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies, Buckinghamshire Remembers, Soldiers of Oxfordshire, and the Western Front Association.

 

Information and tickets from www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/culture-and-leisure/armed-forces-day-2017/

Edward Brooks VC

 

Laying of Commemorative Paving Stone

 

St Mary's Church, Oakley

 

Friday 28 April 2017

 

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Edward Brooks was born in Oakley in 1883. A former regular soldier, Brooks re-enlisted in the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. CSM Brooks won the VC capturing a German machine gun at Fayet near St Quentin on 28 April 1917.

The commemorative paving stone provided by the Department of Communities and Local Government will be laid in a ceremony at St Mary's Church between 1010 and 1115 on Friday 28 April 2018. A supporting exhibition will be in the Village Hall until 1700 on Saturday 29 April.

 

See www.oakleyvc.org for further details.

Garsington Opera


Wanted: Members of the Armed Forces Community


28-30 July 2017


Silver Birch: A People's Opera will be performed on Garsington Opera's Stokenchurch stage from 28 to 30 July. Silver Burch is an original story on the modern themes of war and family with echoes of the past through Siegfried Sassoon, a regular visitor to Garsington during the First World War. It is intended to involve over 180 community participants. 

The project is open to all from the Armed Forces Community - currently serving personnel, wounded, injured and sick service personnel, veterans, reservists, those transitioning to civilian life, and service family members aged over 16. Roles on offer include singing, acting, front of house, and backstage. No previous experience is required.

A unique opportunity to be part of a one-off production, meet new people, and perform alongside a professional orchestra and singers.

To find out more, contact Gemma on gemmah@garsingtonopera.org or telephone 07796 244335

www.garsingtonopera.org

BMMT in conjunction with Marlow Royal British Legion, the Centre for Buckingahsmhire Studies, and the Marlow Remembers World War One Association


First World War Roadshow


Saturday 18 February 2017


1000-1600


RBL, Lock Road, Marlow, SL7 1NT

 

Learn about the Great War Virtual Trail

Search our databases of Bucks servicemen

Get advice on researching First World War servicemen

Bring along your Great War memorabilia for identification

Displays 

Showing of 'Our County at War'

Bucks County Museum, the Battlefields Trust and the John Hampden Society 

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The Civil War in Buckinghamshire

 

John Hampden's Battlefields

 

A series of lectures at the Bucks County Library, Church Street, Aylesbury, HP20 2QP

 

Saturday 12 November 2016 Professor Ian Beckett: Buckinghamshire in the Civil War

Saturday 3 December 2016 Simon Marsh: Southam and Edgehill: An Introduction to War

Saturday 21 January 2017 Simon Marsh and Dr Stephen Porter: Brentford and Turnham Green - Decisive Intervention

Saturday 25 February 2017 Simon Marsh: Reading and Chalgrove - Disease and Death

All at 2.30 p.m. Price £7.50 each, or all four for £25

www.buckscountymuseum.org/museum/whats-in

'Our County at War'


Stewkley Local History Group


Wednesday 23 November 2016

8.00 p.m. 

The Stewkley Local History Group will be showing the Our County at War film at Stewkley recreation Ground Pavilion, Soulbury Road, Stewkley 

£3 per head to include refreshments

From Marlow to the Somme


A celebration of Frederick Septimus Kelly (1881-1916)

Saturday 12 Novemnber 2016

7.30 p.m. All Saints Church, Marlow


A celebration of the life and music of the Australian-born composer from Bisham, Frederick Septimus Kelly, who was killed while serving with the Royal Naval Division at Beaucourt-sur-l'Ancre on the Somme on 13 November 1916. A noted oarsman, who won Olympic Gold for Britain in 1908, Kelly was a friend of Rupert Brooke and was one of those present at Brooke's burial on Skyros in 1915. Kelly's Elegy for String Orchestra, composed in memory of Brooke, will be among the works performed by the Chiltern Camerata.

With Andrew Green (narrator), Geraldine Rowe (soprano) and Jeremy Rowe (piano)

Tickets £10 (Under 18s free).

Enquiries and bookings: 01494 883112 and info@chiltern-camerata.org.uk

 

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The Royal Bucks King's Own Militia

 

Exhibition at High Wycombe Library

 

31 October 2016 to 9 January 2017

 

An exhibition of artefacts and images from the Trust's collection depicting the story of the Bucks Militia from earliest times to 1908 with particular reference to its presence in High Wycombe, where the regiment's headquarters were located from 1839 to 1908.

Free entry at normal libraryopening times

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Our County at War: The Home Front in

 

Buckinghamshire, 1914-18

 

This new short film was given its premiere at Pinewood Studios on 28 June 2016 in the presence of the Lord Lieutenant, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, Bt.. Prepared by Joanna Barclay with Deborah Collett, Presiley Fitzgerald and Mary-Jane Gibson, it gives a vivid depiction of life in the county during the Great War. Through an extraordinary range of original visual material from all round the county, it shows how the war impacted everyone's lives. Bucks lost over 8,000 men. Back home, the images convey the disruption to family life, how the role of women changed, and how children played their part in the war effort. It provides a unique insight into the critical part played by the great country houses such as Chequers and Halton, as well as the contribution of the Wolverton Works, Wycombe furniture makers and the county's farms.

The DVD will be distributed to schools in the autumn, and is also available to the public in exchange for a donation of £10 (inclusive of post and packing), which will be divided between the Armed Forces Charity (SSAFA), and the BMMT.  Contact joannabarclay2@gmail.com

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Centenary Commemorations of Fromelles and Pozieres

 

Representatives of the Trust, Bucks branches of the Royal British Legion, and a group from The Lee were all present at a centenary commemoration in France of the Battle of Fromelles on Sunday 17 July. Organised with the communities of Fromelles and Fleurbaix, a ceremony was held at Le Trou Aid Post, at which wreaths were laid by the Chairman of the Trust, Lieutenant Colonel Simon Wilkinson, who is also County President of the RBL. The ceremony was followed by refreshments and a visit to the new Fromelles Museum, where the Trust has ensured that the sacrifice of the 61st (South Midland) Division is reflected alongside that of the Australians. In the evening, there was a concert in Fleurbaix church, playing music by composers who were participants in the Somme campaign, many of whom were killed. Representatives of the Trust also laid a wreath in commemoration of the 2/1st Bucks Battalion at the Rue du Bois Cemetery, which contains the bodies of an estimated 52 unidentified members of the battalion.

 

On Monday 18 July, representatives of the Trust then visited Pozieres British Military Cemetery on the Somme to lay a wreath in commemoration of the members of the 1/1st Bucks Battalion lost in the operations of the 48th (South Midland) Division around Pozieres between 21 and 23 July 1916.

 

An offical county party led by the Lord Lieutenant, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher, Bt. was also present at the Australian-dominated commemoration at Fromelles on Tuesday 19 July, the actual anniversary of the battle there.  

For Bucks TV's film of the events, see http:/buckstv.co.uk/centenary-commemoration-of-the-battle-of-fromelles-2016/

Unknown Stories of the Great War

 

Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock

Saturday 17 September 2016

1000-1600

To coincide with the centenary of the Battle of the Somme (1 July-18 November 1916), members of the public are invited to bring along Great War photographs, letters, diaries and objects to tell their stories. Experts from the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, the Bucks Military Museum Trust, the Western Front Association and other organisations will be on hand to talk to visitors about the significance of their memorabilia, and to help them to find out more. Living historians will be giving demonstratioins and there will be displays, activities for children, and support for research into soldiers' lives. Refresments available.

 Free entry but donations appreciated. 

The Wethered Brewery in World War I

Marlow Remembers WW1 Associaton and the Marlow Society

Sunday 11 September 2016

1000-1600

The Old Brewery, High Street, Marlow

During the Great War, Wethered's Brewery turned to the production of munitions, its work force including many women. The wartime role of the brewery will be remembered with guided tours of the former brewery premises, an exhibition on the brewery in the Great War, and the uneviling of a plaque to the four brewery workers killed while serving in the Great War. Two of those killed served with the 2/1st Bucks Batalion, a third with the 1/1st Royal Bucks Hussars, and the last with the Lincolnshire Regiment.

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Bucks Military Museum Trust

 

The Somme: Fromelles and Pozieres, July 1916

Old Gaol, Market Hill, Buckingham

From 12 September 2016

 

An exhibition on the role of the 2/1st Bucks Battalion at Fromelles from 18-19 July - a diversionary operation to support the Somme offensive - and of the 1/1st Bucks Battalion at Pozieres on the Somme from 21-23 July 1916. If 1 July 1916 is seen as a catastrophic day for so many units from the North and Midlands then the period between 18 and 23 July is the Buckinghamshire equivalent. A total of 322 men from the two battalions became casualties in these six days, of whom 203 were killed.

On each occasion, the Bucks were next to the Australians, whose fate has become far better known. This exhibition restores the balance in recounting the story of these two controversial actions.

Dad's Armies: The Amateur Military Tradition in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire

 

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Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock

From 1 August 2016

This new joint exhibition by BMMT and SOFO will depict the story of the auxiliary forces of the two counties from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries including the Militia, Yeomanry, Volunteers, Volunteer Training Corps, and Home Guard. It will focus on the military, social and political aspects of the auxiliaries including the role in home defence and in aid to the civil power, overseas service, and the controversies of the militia ballot. It will draw on uniforms, photographs and prints, and documents from the collections of both trusts.

Bucks Military Museumn Trust

 

First World War Roadshow

 

Saturday 2 July 2016

 

1000-1600

The Old Gaol, Buckingham

 

Learn about the Bucks Great War Virtual Trail

Search our databases of Bucks servicemen in the Great War

Get advice on researching Great War lives

Bring in your memorabilia for identification

Display of uniforms and equipment

Display on the Bucks Battalions on the Somme and at Fromelles

Talk on Bucks in the Great War at 1100

Tell Them of US Part Two: Wycombe and the Somme

 

High Wycombe Museum


3 July 2016


A follow-on from the Tell Them of Us 2014 centenary pageant. Pupils from John Hampden Grammar School and Wycombe Abbey School will join volunteers from local history groups to take visitors back to 1916. Step back to a time when Wycombe families waited for news from France. Hear stories of townsfolk who made uniforms, worked as VADs, helped in munitions factories, or made aircraft. A cemetery tour with a difference. 

Details from museum@wycombe.gov.uk

75th Anniversary of First Wireless Message sent by SOE Agent to Whaddon Hall

 

Whaddon, 8 and 9 May 2016

Georges Begue was the first agent of SOE's F Section to parachute into France on the night of 5-6 May 1941. He sent his first message from Chateauroux to MI6's Section VIII at Whaddon Hall on 9 May 1941. On Monday 9 May 2016 a specially written and coded commemorative Morse message using contemporary equipment will be sent from Chateauroux to Whaddon. Guest speakers, short films and an exhibition will feature in a two-day programme of events in the village highlighting Whaddon Hall's role in wartime intelligence and in supporting the work of the Political Warfare Executive.

For further details, see www.secret-ww2.net


Grant from the AHRC-funded First World War Engagement Centre

 

In conjunction with the Centre for Bucks Studies at Aylesbury, the Trust's secretary, Professor Ian Beckett, has received a grant of £11,955 from the 'Gateways to the First World War' Centre at the University of Kent for a research project based on the casualty books of the 1/1st Bucks Battalion, 1914-18. These unique records, which are held in CBS, detail such aspects of military life as leave and training periods, illnesses and wounds, and disciplinary offences. Together with the order books of B and C Companies (1915-18), and a Company Trench Log from 1915-16, the records will be fully digitised for a comprehensive database. Apart from the academic value of the data, the project will be an invaluable aid to geneaologists researching Bucks servicemen in the Great War. Digitisation will be carried out by a specialist contractor but volunteers will be recruited by CBS to transcribe the data.  

 

Volunteers wishing to assist in transcription should contact Laura Cotton at CBS at www.buckscc.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/centre-for-buckinghamshire-studies

Newly Discovered Waddesdon Letters On Display 

Waddesdon Manor

From 23 March 2016 onwards

Around 100 letters have been discovered by an electrician laying new cabling in the roof of the Five Arrows at Waddesdon. They are believed to have been sent between Eliza Turnham, the landlord's daughter, and her sweetheart, James 'Jack' Wilson Cox, the son of Miss Alice de Rothschild's chauffeur. Jack enlisted in the OBLI and went overseas in early 1915.

Waddesdon Estate's archivist, Catherine Taylor, said, 'We think that Eliza must have hidden the letters away, and they are one of the most significant recent finds at Waddesdon. Eliza was 13 years older than Jack and, in some of them, it seems like writing between an older sister and a younger brother. But in others, he talks about "perhaps stealing a kiss", and they are very romantic. It's really intriguing.'

Jack survived the war and returned to Waddesdon, living close to Eliza. He worked, like his father, as a chauffeur for the Rothschilds. In 1923, however, he married a girl from Luton. Eliza never married, dying in 1953.

Selections from the letters are to go on display at Waddesdon Manor from 23 March, as part of the Tales from the Archives Exhibition.

For further details, see www.waddesdon.org.uk

Australian Restrictions on British Centenary Commemoration at Fromelles and Pozieres

February 2016


The actions at Fromelles (18-19 July 1916) and Pozieres (21-24 July 1916) are of significance to Australia as the first large scale actions of the Australian Imperial Force on the Western Front. They are equally important for Bucks for, directly alongside the Australian formations, were the 2/1st Bucks Battalion at Fromelles and the 1/1st Bucks Battalion at Pozieres. If 1 July 1916 is remembered as a particularly catastrophic day for the British army, the period between 18 and 24 July 1916 was the Bucks equivalent. A total of 124 men from the 2/1st Bucks were killed between those dates, and 69 from the 1/1st Bucks. Men from the 2/1st Bucks entered the notorious German 'Sugarloaf' stronghold at Fromelles before being driven back, while the 1/1st Bucks captured Pozieres itself on 23 July.

 

As reported in The Times on 5 February 2016, relatives of fallen British soldiers have been banned from the centenary commemorations. The Australian Department of Veterans' Affairs, tasked with organising the events by the French government, have said that British representatives and relatives are not welcome to attend, only those with Australian passports or residency. A departmental spokeswoman, Jennifer Stephenson, said the focus would be on Australian casualties, adding, 'This is not to diminish the role of other nations but simply a recognition of the Australian focus of the event we are organising.'

 

There has been understandable outrage on the part of relatives of the British fallen from the 61st (Fromelles) and 48th (Pozieres) Divisions, both raised from Bucks, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire, at the appropriation of the battles by the Australians. This forms a continuing pattern in the Australian re-invention of the 'Anzac myth' since the 1980s to emphasise national and cultural differences in ways that would have been incomprehensible to those many Anzacs who were British rather than Australian-born.

 

The Bucks Military Musuem Trust is working to ensure appropriate British representation. Details will be announced in due course. 

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Wanton Troopers: Buckinghamshire in the Civil Wars, 1640-60

 

by Ian F W Beckett

 

An in-depth study of the impact of the conflict on Buckinghamshire between 1640 and 1660.

Chapters: The Community and the Approach of War; The War and the County Community; The War and the Local Community; The Revival of the County Community. 

 

Now available from Pen & Sword Military. Pp.204 + x, 7 tables, 15 full colour illustrations

 

ISBN 1473856035

£25. 

Isla St Clair in 'Eyes Front'

 

Thursday 29 October 2015

7.30 p.m.

The Church of Christ The Cornerstone, Milton Keynes, MK9 2ES

In aid of SSAFA

[The Charity giving lifelong support to our Armed Forces and their Families]

A combination of live performance and film describing the effect of music in wartime from Napoleonic times to the two World Wars. Joining Isla is film maker Patrick King, who gives a 'behind the scenes' look at making their \award winning documentary films about music in war. Also featuring the Milton Keynes Pipe Band.

Tickets  £10 from The Church of Christ The Cornerstone and from Wilkinsons Estate Agents in Leighton Buzzard and Winslow. Or telephone 01296 712513

www.ssafa.org.uk

Stowe Arts

Lost in Flanders: Archaeology, Forensics and World War One

Talk by Martin Brown

1 October 2015 at 7.30 p.m.

Stowe School, State Music Room, Stowe, MK18 5EH

Discover how archaeology, anthropology and science combine to help identify fallen soldiers in  a presentation that takes the audience from the discovery of bones to full military funeral.

Tickst £8 from www.oxboffice.com

Bucks Military Museum Trust and High Wycombe Library


First World War Roadshow


High Wycombe Library

 

Saturday 26 September 2015

 

1000-1600

Learn about the Buckinghamshire Great War Virtual Trail

Search our databases of Bucks servicemen in the Great War

Get advice on researching Great War lives

Bring in your images and memorabilia for identification

Display of uniforms and equipment

Display on 2/1st Bucks Battalion at Fromelles (18-19 July 2016)

Talk on Bucks in the Great War at 1100

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Gallipoli and the Royal Bucks Hussars


An exhibition by the Bucks Military Museum Trust and the Buckingham Heritage Trust


At the Old Gaol, Buckingham from 18 August 2015

The 1/1st Royal Bucks Hussars sailed for Egypt in March 1915 as part of the 2nd (South Midland) Mounted Brigade. Leaving the horses in Egypt, the regiment was sent to Suvla Bay, Gallipoli, landing on 18 August 1915. Three days later, the brigade advanced acorss the 'Salt Lake' to attack the Turkish trenches on 'Chocolate Hill' and 'Scimitar Hill'. Heavy casualties resulted, the regiment remaining on Gallipoli until November 1915.

This new exhibition tells the story of that baptism of fire for the 1/1st Royal Bucks Hussars a century ago.

 

 

Marlow: Trenches Heritage Day


Sunday 12 July 2015 at Pullingshill Wood, Marlow Common

1100-1600


An event to commemorate the First World War Training Trenches dug in 1915 by the Grenadier Guards, Welsh Guards and Royal Engineers stationed in the vicinity.

Sergeant-Major's Drill and Children's Assault Course; Guided walks, talks and displays on the history of the trenches; Remembrance Service at 1100; Local cadets undertaking military tasks.

Free Entry. Free parking at Danesfield Primary School, Henley Road (A4155), Medmenham, Bucks, SL7 2EW.

The Woodland Trust in partnership with Marlow Remembers World War 1 Association

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The fruits of the research by the Chiltern U3A Family History Groups on the men commemorated on the Amersham War Memorial is now available both as a book and also online.

See www.amershamhistory.info/wwi/amersham-remembers

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Viney Memorial Lecture 2015

 

Wednesday 10 June 2015

 

Viney House (Army Reserve Centre), Oxford Road, Aylesbury, HP19 8RN

1830 for 1900 Hours

Tickets £15 each (to include refreshments) from: 

BMMT, c/o Ms G Richmond, 25 Market Square, Leighton Buzzard, Beds, LU7 1EU (Tel: 01296 712717)

 

We are delighted to announce that this year's lecture will be delivered by eminent historian, biographer and broadcaster, Andrew Roberts. Andrew will speak on 'Napoleon at Waterloo'.

It is appropriate in this bicentenary year to have the talk on the subject of Waterloo. Two regiments associated with Bucks were present on 18 June 1815. The 3/14th Foot, the Waterloo Colour of which is preserved at Claydon House, was raised in Bucks in 1813 and was rushed to Belgium when Napoleon returned from Elba to reclaim his throne. Tradition has it that new recruits hastily raised from the Royal Bucks King's Own Militia were still wearing their militia uniforms on the battlefield. The 52nd Light Infantry, later 2nd Battalion, The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, played a crucial role in the repulse of Napoleon's Imperial Guard at the battle's climax.

Andrew Roberts's publications include Salisbury: Victorian Titan (1999), Masters and Commanders (2008), Napoleon and Wellington (2001), Waterloo: Napoleon's Last Gamble (2004), and his most recent book, Napoleon the Great (2014), The latter was listed as one of the Books of the Year by The Spectator, The New Statesman, The Mail on Sunday and The London Evening News, and as one of the Biographies of the Year in The Daily Telegraph and The Observer. Napoleon the Great has just won the Los Angeles Times Biography Prize.

The Road to Bletchley Park


From 5 June 2015


This new exhibition opening on Friday 5 June 2015 tells the story of signals intelligence in the First World War, leading to the creation of the Government Code & Cypher School in 1919, which relocated to Bletchley Park in 1939. The first phase, from June, tells the story of MI1(b), set up by the Army, and the Admiralty's Room 40, together with the technologies they used. A second phase, opening in 2017, will concentrate on the Zeppelin raids, naval warfare, and the interception of the Zimmermann telegram, which contributed to the American entry to the war in 1917.

The exhibition is part of the normal programme at Bletchley Park, and there is no additional charge. Summer opening hours 0930-1700, £16.75 for adults and £14.75 for senior citizens.

For further details, see www.bletchleypark.org.uk

Transportation during the Great War Seminar

Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Branch, Western Front Association and The Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe

12 September 2015

Royal Grammar School, Amersham Road, High Wycomne, HP13 6QT

9.45 a.m. to 4.45 p.m.

Speakers: Andy Robertshaw on Transportation; Tim Bryan on Railways; Pete Starling on Casualty Movement; Roy Larkin on London Buses; Fire Heritage Network on Fire Engines.

Tickets £22.50 (including lunch and refreshments) from WFA Seminar, 32 Devonshire Green, Farnham Royal, Bucks, SL2 3DR [www.wfaoxbucks.co.uk] Cheques payable to Ox & Bucks WFA.

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Stowe School

12 May 2015 at 7.30 p.m. in the State Music Room (Tickets £8)

A talk by Michael St Maur Sheil, a well respected battlefield guide with an almost unrivalled knowledge of the battlescapes of the Great War. The evening will be a world tour from familiar battlefields on the Western Front to lesser known fronts such as Palestine and East Africa, captured in photographs described as 'works of art in their own right'.

Together with the late Professor Richard Holmes. Michael conceived the open air photographic exhibition, 'Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace' that has been seen by over four million visitors since it opened in Paris in 2014 and transferred to St James's Park.

Book at www.stowearts.co.uk or Tel: 0845 680 1926.

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The Great War Remembered: An Evening of Music and Film: Friday 29 May 2015 (MK Gallery Events Space)

Organised by Living Archive and MK Gallery. Living Archive has been working with local songwriters, musicians and film-makers to inspire new works that retell the local story of the Great War. An evening of live perfrmamnces and screenings.

Frontline Exhibition, Film Screening and Street Performance: Friday 19 June 2015 (MK Gallery and Margaret Powell Square)

A World War One inspired film screening followed by an outdoor performance of Festive Road's new production, 'The Best Company': a physical theatre show with an amusing take on a very real struggle as four friends get a tank into battle.

Songs and Poetry Evening: Saturday 4 July 2015 (Copwer and Newton Museum, Olney)

Working with MK Poet Laureate, Mark Neil, Cowper and Newton Museum, Olney are developing a poignant event to commemorate the Great War with poetry and songs that came back from the front.

For the Fallen: Commemorative Dance Event: Sunday 5 July 2015 (Westbury Arts Centre, Campbell Park)

Working with talented textile artist, Vinny Stapley, schools and community groups have produced over 500 commemmorative banners, which will form part of a large-scale dance piece with over 100 dancers moving around Campbell Park.

For the Fallen: Banner Installation: Saturday 11 July 2015 (Westbury Arts Centre, Shenley Woods)

The commemorative banners will be installed in the grounds of Westbury Arts Centre, creating a moving temporary commemorative atmosphere in the historic grounds of Westybury.

Great War MK Showcase: Friday 6 November 2015 (The Venue, Walton High)

All the partners in the Greart War MK Project will come togther to present elements of their work.

Booking and Other Information from www.greatwarmk.wordpress.com/events

Forthcoming Events at Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum

14 May 2015

Professor Ashley Jackson will talk on 'Churchill: Command and Leadership' as part of the National Museums at Night Programme.

SOFO, Woodstock .600 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets £7.50 from www.sofo.org.ukj

18 June 2015

Nigel Sale will talk and sign copie sof his book, The Lie at the Heart of Waterloo, revealing how Wellington was saved by the 52nd Light Infantry.

SOFO, Woodstock. 2 p.m. FREE EVENT

 

Write Your Own Story

Bravo 22 Company is The Royal British Legion’s Recovery through Theatre programme, which brought audiences the critically acclaimed The Two Worlds of Charlie F. Bravo 22 Company has now come to Buckinghamshire and, in partnership with the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre and Buckinghamshire Armed Forces Community Covenant and LAMDA, will write and perform a new play based on the experiences of Buckinghamshire’s Armed Forces community.

As part of this fantastic project we are giving the local community the opportunity to take part in a free workshop with the writer of the play, Roz Wyllie. Learn how to write your own story based on experiences that are related to the Armed Forces.

We shall also be joined by Buckinghamshire based RAF veteran, author and award winning screenwriter, Dougie Brimson. His film, Green Street, starring Elijah Woods won various awards and he will talk about he made the transition from RAF veteran to award winning writer.

No experience is necessary.

There is an opportunity for short stories about the armed forces to be showcased on the Royal British Legion website.



Date: Saturday 14th March 2015
Location: Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Time: 10am – 1pm
Numbers: Limited; first come first served.




If you are interested in attending please email bravo22company@britishlegion.org.uk to sign up. Please tell us your name, contact details, why you want to attend the workshop and your connection, if any, to the Armed Forces community.

 

BRAVO 22 Company at Aylesbury

26 - 28 March 2015

Contact _posterThe Royal British Legion recovery through theatre project Bravo 22 Company will present four performances of their production 'Contact' at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre.

Over the past 4 months, the Armed Forces community in Buckinghamshire have worked together to write, cast and produce a play based on their stories. Representing the county's diverse military population, the cast consists of nine veterans, three Service personnel, two military wives, two cadet instructors and a Reservist family member. Four cast members were born in Buckinghamshire, with military Service bringing the rest to the area.

With over 160 years of Service between them, the cast has completed tours in over 30 locations worldwide, with three having served in Afghanistan.

The play will explore themes of military interaction on the battlefield and at home and is based on the personal experiences of the Bravo 22 Company cast, which range from age 15-89.

When: Thursday 26, Friday 27 and Saturday 28 March at 7.30pm plus Saturday matinee at 2.30pm

Where: Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP20 1UG

Tickets: £10 (plus booking fee as applicable)

Box Office: 0844 871 7607

Groups Hotline: 0844 871 7614

Access Booking: 0844 871 7677

Buckinghamshire Military Museum Trust:

Great War Virtual Trail Roadshow

 

Bucks County Museum, Aylesbury: Saturday 21 February 2015: 1000-1600

As part of the ‘Bucks at War: World War One’ event at the Bucks County Museum, the Trust will be showcasing its HLF-supported Bucks Great War Virtual Trail.

War-related photographs taken in the county between 1914 and 1919 are contrasted with the current view of the same location, giving a sense of the immediacy of the past within the present whether it’s the Royal Bucks Hussars in the Market Square at Buckingham, the Bucks Battalion leaving Aylesbury, the 21st Division encamped at Halton, Belgian refugee lace-makers at Olney, munitions workers at High Wycombe, King George V at Great Missenden, or the unveiling of the war memorial at Stewkley. 

Why not bring along your own treasured wartime photographs for identification by our experts? You can learn about your family’s part in the Great War, and help preserve the county’s heritage. 

 

 

Bucks at War: WWI Event

  • Church Street, Aylesbury, HP20 2QP
  • Saturday 21 February 2015
  • 11am to 4pm

Bucks at War WW1 Event
Saturday 21 February, 11am – 4pm

Meet WW1 Recruitment Officers and sign up to serve in the King’s army, practice drill and try on army helmets. Taste trench food, play games from the era, listen to wartime songs and poetry and talk to experts and members of the Western Front Association.
Free event for all ages. Just drop in.
 
Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Friends and Patrons of the County Museum

  • Cost: FREE
  • No booking required, just turn up on the day
  • Suitable for: All ages
    • Hearing loop available
    • Wheelchair access
    • All children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult at all times
    • All children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult

For more information please call 01296 331441 or email: museum@buckscc.gov.uk

Milton Keynes Book of Days of the Great War

 

Milton Keynes Living Archive has published the Milton Keynes Book of Days of the Great War. It provides a day to day account of events between 1914 and 1918 in the whole of the Milton Keynes area. For details, see www.greatwarmemoriesmk.co.uk

 

Marlow Remembers World War I

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Marlow Remembers is holding a series of events in 2015:

17 February 2015: Evening Event in the Assembly Rooms on 'Memories of the War', 7.30 p.m.

5 April 2015: Commemorative Service at the Grave of Leonard Roberts in Marlow Cemetery on the centenary of his death.

16 November 2015: Evening Event on Research into the Soldiers of Marlow.

For details, see www.marlowww1.org.uk  

 

 

Milton Keynes World War I Commemorative Act

A Commemorative Act will take place at Milton Keynes Central Library for Commonwealth Day on 9 March 2015 

Duty and Service: Bucks Lives in the Great War

26 July 2014 – March 2015
Free entry

Bucks Boys Poster

A new exhibition at the County Museum in Aylesbury commemorates the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War.

This exhibition tells the stories of selected Bucks individuals involved in the war effort through the objects, photographs, letters and documents they left behind. These evocative objects show the human face of the war for soldiers from varying ranks and regiments as well as for Florence Fremantle, a local land girl, and artists John Nash and Alexander Jamieson.  Items on display include uniforms from the Bucks Military Museum Trust and a large hanging embroidered by convalescing soldiers at Chequers on loan from the Chequers Trust.

The contrast between the image and reality of war is explored through original WWI recruitment posters. These propaganda images, using patriotism, national pride and a sense of family and civic duty to persuade men to enlist, offer a potent juxtaposition alongside humble personal effects of the soldiers such as a simple silver spoon. Other artefacts, such as the handwritten trench logs and letters home from Captain Lionel Crouch, brilliantly capture his indomitable spirit despite the relentless discomfort of trench life.

Display space has also been provided for individuals and community groups to tell their WWI stories. It is hoped that this area will be continually changing over the course of the exhibition as groups and individuals come forward with items for display.

To accompany the exhibition the museum is hosting a range of events beginning with a commemorative launch event, in partnership with Aylesbury Town Council, with music, poetry and activities for all ages, ‘In Flanders Fields’, on Saturday 26 July 11am – 3pm.

Forthcoming talks:

  • 9 August : First Landing, the first arrival of aircraft on the Halton estate by Francis Hanford, RAF Halton
  • 13 September: Bucks and the Great War by Professor Ian Beckett, Bucks Military Museum Trust
  • 4 October: Brothers in Arms- John and Paul Nash and the art of the Great War by David Boyd Haycock, writer and art historian
  • 8 November: Propaganda – WWI recruitment posters by Dr Nicholas Hiley, University of Kent
  • 31 January:  Infantry Training at Halton 1914-15 by Francis Hanford, RAF Halton

All talks are from 2-3pm and cost £5 per head.

Advance booking required via 01296 331441 or email museum@buckscountymuseum.org

Great War Remembered Exhibition - Milton Keynes Museum

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The exhibition features photographs and stories linked to people from the MK area, as well as the opportunity to listen to personal accounts of the time, taken from the Living Archive Oral History Collection.

Milton Keynes Museum

McConnell Dr, Wolverton, Milton Keynes MK12 5EL

For opening times please phone 01908 316222

Runs until 29th February 2015

Wycombe in World War 1

Until mid 2015

 

Step in to the reconstructed trench and imagine what life was like for a Tommy soldier or nurse on the front in World War 1. Enter if you dare, to hear the sounds of artillery, spot the trench terrors such as rats and flies and learn what you would need to help you survive.

The exhibition is suitable for all ages and levels of knowledge and includes a range of artefacts, each telling the story of a local individual or family. Discover what World War 1 meant for the men, women and children of Wycombe District: where were the training trenches built? what was Wycombe's role in aircraft production? And much more.

Hands-on activities and events for families and schools.

  • Monday to Saturday: 10am to 5pm
  • Sunday: 2pm to 5pm
  • Bank holidays: Closed

Admission: free

Oxfordshire Remembers

5 August 2014 to 31 August 2015

Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum

Park Street, Woodstock, OX20 1SN

Tues to Sat 1000-1700

Sun 1400-1700

www.sofo.org.uk

Burnham War Memorial

The Royal British Legion and Burnham Parish Council have received a grant of £10,450 from the Grants for War Memorials Scheme jointly funded by English Heritage and the Wolfson Foiundation. The grant covers 75% of the total cost, and it is hoped to raise the remaining sum from the local community and businesses. Work will begin in the spring of 2015

 

Theatrical Performances for November 2014

Your Loving Brother Albert

A play by Roy Bevitt and Roger Kitchen

Radcliffe School Theatre, Wolverton

12-15 November 2014

7.30 p.m. [Saturday matinee 2.30 p.m.]

See www.greatwarmk.org.uk

The Great War 1914-1918 and a Haddenham Village School

A play by Margaret Wilkins

St Mary's Church, Haddenham

14 and 15 November 2014

7.30 p.m.

Our Friends The Enemy

by Alex Gwyther

Stowe House

22 November 2014

7.30 p.m.

See: www.ourfriendstheenemy.com

The Armed Man

A play by Karl Jenkins

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

28 November 2014

7.30 p.m.

See www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk/arts

 

 

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Hedgerley in the Great War

a study of the 83 men who left Hedgerley to serve, the 10 men who died and the impact the Great War had on this South Bucks village. Period of study 1911-1921 by Hedgerley Historical Society.

jdlovelock@btinternet.com

Tell Them of Us at High Wycombe Cemetery, Priory Road, High Wycombe

This tour is booked through High Wycombe Museum. Places limited per tour.

This one hour costumed tour will be repeated three times during the afternoon. Please book in advance with Wycombe Museum to secure your place.
Meet at the Priory Road entrance to High Wycombe Cemetery
Date: Sunday afternoon 22nd June 2014


Join Sally Scagell on a cemetery tour with a difference. With help from the boys of John Hampden Grammar School you will hear the stories of WW1 soldiers buried in High Wycombe Cemetery - their lives before and during the Great War and, in some cases, after the armistice. Find out how Wycombe residents helped with the war effort and the effects of war on the town.


Please wear suitable footwear for wet and uneven ground.


Cost £4 (this includes a donation to the Royal British Legion). Please book your ticket in advance from Wycombe Museum Telephone: 01494 421895

Suitable For: Adults and age range 14+ - not suitable for children

Tingewick's WW1 Fallen

Tingewick Historical Society has researched the lives and military service of the Tingewick soldeirs who died in WW1 and are named on the village war memorials. A booklet has beeen produced about the soldeirs to commemorate the first world war. Cost £3.50

contact: ruthroy@hotmail.com or see www.tingewickparishcouncil.org.uk

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Stewkley Lads fallen in the Great War

a local case study....171 lads went to War and 42 lost their lives, but only 34 are honoured on the village War Memorials. Two fabulously well researched and illustrated pamphlets,  a one hour powerpoint presentation with over 100 illustrations and as presented to Oxford University Continuing Studies dept in 2012. Contact John Sheldon BA FRSA.  For books or Powerpoint presentation and Prices.

 publications@stewkleyhistory.org.uk

Buckinghamshire Remembers

a superb database resource now including 2 projects which document the Bucks men and women who served in the Great War. Buckinghamshire Remembers for those that lost their lives and Clints Roll of Honour for all those who served.

www.buckinghamshireremembers.org.uk 

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"Lister Lines" - Halton Training Trenches

a project that has seen 154m of historic and original training trenches restored. 2 miles or barbed wire, 5,500 sandbags, 300 picket posts plus a further 1,200m of yet unrestored trenches.Visits inc historical presentations, hands-on activities, schools and colleges welcome guided tours by arrangement.

www.raf.mod.uk/rafhalton/aboutus/restoredww1trenches.cfm  and www.facebook.com/halton/ww1trenches

Fighting for the Bucks

Published in Oct 2013 a new book on the history of the Royal Bucks Hussars during WW1, detailing their service in Gallipoli, Egypt, Palestine and France. Written by E J Hounslow the grandson of a Royal Bucks Hussar.

www.thehistorypress.co.uk

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Burnham War Stories

a local project organised by jackie and bob slater from Burnham Royal British Legion collating the war stories and memories of the great war and it's effect on Burnham. Now with an HLF grant of £3,200  the project is well underway and working with 7 local schools. Much more to follow with this exciting and dynamic project!

2nd August 14 Commemorative Event Burnham Park Hall - further details when known.

j_slater1@sky.com

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Marlow Remembers WW1 Association

Forthcoming series of talks:

18th July 14 - "The Western Front" Liston Hall, Chapel St, Marlow

18th September 14 - "The Training Trenches of Pullingshill Wood". Liston Hall, Chapel St, Marlow

7th November 14 - "The Unknown Soldier" Liston Hall, Chapel St, Marlow

michaelahyde@uwclub.net

 

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Waddesdon at War

An exhibition of Waddesdon at War 26th March to 26th October 2014 in the family room. This exhibition marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Drawn from the archive and Rothschild memorabilia collections including loans from other collections. It will look at the Manor and Estate during the war from the perspective of the family and staff. As Europe was fractured by the conflict, the exhibition will also explore the impact of the war on the wider Rothschild family including those in Austria, Germany and France.

Usual Entrance Fees apply

www.waddesdon.org.uk/collection/exhibitions/waddesdon-at-war

Viney Memorial Lecture

This Lecture was held on Sunday 7 October 2012.

 

The lecturer was the distinguished BBC journalist, Mark Urban, currently diplomatic and defence editor for Newsnight. Mark has published a number of acclaimed books on the history of the British Army including The Man Who Broke Napoleon’s Codes (2001), Rifles: Six Years with Wellington’s Legendary Sharpshooters (2003), Generals: Ten British Commanders Who Shaped the World (2005), and Fusiliers: Eight Years with the Redcoats in America (2007).


2012 marks the bi-centenary of Wellington’s victory at Salamanca during the Peninsular War. Both the 43rd and 52nd Foot - later the 1st and 2nd Battalions, The Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry - were present with the celebrated Light Division. Gaspard Le Marchant, who was intimately connected with the founding of the Senior Division of the Royal Military College (later the Staff College) at High Wycombe in 1799, and of the Junior Division (later the RMC Sandhurst) at Marlow in 1802, was killed leading a cavalry charge against the French in the same battle.

 

It is appropriate, therefore, that Mark has agreed to talk on the subject of the Rifles and Light Infantry in the Peninsular War.

The event was held at The Oculus, Gatehouse Road, AYLESBURY  HP19 8FF.

The Battles of Fromelles 19th July 1916.

Fromelles is a small village in Northern France a few miles to the south of Armentières on the edge of the Lys basin. The village sits on the slope of the Aubers Ridge.  In 1916  the front lines ran across the flat ground a mile below the village. On the 19th. July 1916 two divisions, the 5th Australian and the 61st (Second South Midland) attacked the German lines in broad daylight, after an inaccurate and ineffective artillery bombardment.

 

The Territorial 2/1st Buckinghamshire Battalion were ordered to attack across No Man's Land – 400 yards of soggy water meadows - to take a strong point called the "Sugar Loaf" held by a Bavarian Reserve Regiment. They lost half their overall strength and all the officers but one in their assaulting companies. The attack was intended to pin down German reserves and to prevent them being sent to reinforce the Somme Battlefield.  The attack was a failure;  the Germans were not impressed and more than 5,500 Australians 1,500 British became casualties, of which 2,500 were killed. Many of the dead remained where they lay until after the war.
Two battalions of the Regiment were involved in the battle – as well as the 2/1st Bucks there were the 2/4th. Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry.  Fortunately, the Oxfords were in reserve at the time of the first attack and when called forward to try to take the Sugar Loaf after the 2/1st Bucks had failed, were saved when the attack was cancelled. Nevertheless, they suffered some casualties from German artillery fire.  Both battalions were second line Territorial battalions brought to France in early 1916 as units of the 61st (Second South Midland) Division and allocated to the hitherto quiet sector opposite Fromelles. They were inexperienced and suffered accordingly. In 1917, both battalions were to take part in Third Ypres, attacking in the area of St. Julien in appalling conditions, and once again confronted by strong points and concrete pill-boxes manned by determined defenders, lost heavily.

 

19th. July 2010 - Dedication of Pheasant Wood CWGC Cemetery, Fromelles.

Seventy four years to the day after the disastrous battle of Fromelles, on Monday the 19th July 2010, HRH Prince Charles dedicated the first Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery to be opened for fifty years. No one watching the television news reports or the Channel Four documentary “WWI: Finding the Lost Battalions” on the same evening can have failed to be impressed by the solemnity of the event. Before a large assembly of invited guests and spectators the last of 250 Australian and British soldiers found in a German field cemetery was buried with full military honours in an extraordinarily moving ceremony in the new Pheasant Wood Cemetery at Fromelles.

 

In a moving prelude to the service of committal, the ceremony opened with readings of letters home, individual stories and official casualty reports. Some of the readers were descendants of the dead and missing. Then, in the distance could be heard approaching the beat of a muffled bass drum. Escorted by the firing party at the slow march with arms reversed, drawn on a World War I wagon by four magnificent horses of the King's Troop RHA the remains of an unidentified soldier came through the village from the original burial site to the gates of the new cemetery.  

As the procession with the coffin made its way along the village street, the mourners were led by Prince Charles and the Governor-General of Australia Ms Quentin Bryce, the Duke of Kent the President of the CWGC, the French Minister of State for Defence and Veterans and senior military officers from Australia, Britain and France including General Nick Parker, Colonel Commandant of The Rifles. At the gates of the cemetery the coffin was unloaded and carried to the graveside for the service of committal. The firing party from The Rifles, the Royal Fusiliers and the Australian Army fired the salute over the grave. After the service came a solemn dedication, followed by speeches by Prince Charles, the Governor-General and the French Minister present.   Among the tributes, were those to the efforts of Mr Lambis Engelzos, the Australian who had insisted on the investigation of a site where he was convinced the Germans had buried allied dead after the battle, which had led the discovery of the field cemetery with its 250 sets of remains. Throughout, the proceedings were projected on giant screens around the site and transmitted live to Australia.

The area is dotted with military cemeteries; there are 400 unidentified Australians in VC Corner Cemetery in Fromelles and 52 bodies of 2/1st Bucks Battalion lie without a name under one gravestone in the Rue du Bois Cemetery not far away.

Thanks to the development of modern scientific techniques it has been possible to identify some of the 250 men who have been ceremonially buried one by one in the new Pheasant Wood Cemetery. Using DNA samples from family members and comparing them with DNA taken from the bodies, 94 Australian soldiers have been named and the majority of the rest identified as being British or Australian.  The painstaking work of identification will continue for some time and as each man can be named the headstone will be changed.  So far, no soldiers of the Bucks Battalion have been found but it is still possible for an identification to be made.

 

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The Bucks Military Museum Trust Display

Shortly before the ceremony, the BMMT were asked by the Ministry of Defence if they could arrange a display in one of the marquees to be put up on the site beside the cemetery.

 

Ingram Murray and Dr. Mike Senior hastily assembled pictures and texts illustrating the story of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry at Fromelles and the fate of some of the officers and men from The Lee near Great Missenden. They arrived to set up their display on the Sunday before the event. The Museums of the Glosters and the Royal Warwicks added material commemorating their Regiments’ part in the battle. Other displays were set up in the tent village by the Imperial War Museum, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the Australian Army.

Once the VIPs had departed, security was relaxed and a very large crowd enjoyed the afternoon, visiting the displays and eating and drinking in the sunshine.

Dr. Michael Senior of The Lee in Buckinghamshire has made a special study of the men of his village who fell in the battle, published as "No Finer Courage". He recently followed this with a doctoral study of General Haking, the Corps Commander.

 

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Dusty Warriors talk

Prof Richard Holmes gave a superb and mesmerizing lecture on 1st November 2007 about the experiences of the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment in Iraq to an invited audience, talking about the Regiment of which he is Honorary Colonel and the incident in which Private Johnson Beharry won his Victoria Cross. His illuminating talk expressed the similarities between today’s soldiers and those of yesteryear The gallantry, challenges and comparisons remain entirely relevant.

 

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