Trench Humour with Al Murray

Viney Memorial Lecture

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre Second Space

Sunday 29 April 2018

7.00 p.m

Award-winning comedian and military history enthusiast, Al Murray (aka ‘The Pub Landlord’) will present his unique view of the role of humour in the British Army on the Western Font during the First World War.

Al, who read history at the University of Oxford, has presented a number of television documentaries on aspects of the Second World War and is the author of Watching War Films With My Dad (2013)

Tickets £27.50 (inclusive of booking fee) plus £3.65 transaction fee available from Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Tel: 0844 871 7607

All proceeds to the Bucks Military Museum Trust

The Last Charge

Bucks County Museum

Church Street, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP20 2QP

1 November 2017 – 5 January 2018

Beadle, James Prinsep; The Charge of the Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Dorset Yeomanry at El Mughar, Palestine; Defence Academy of the United Kingdom;

The charge of the 6th Mounted Brigade at El Mughar in Palestine on 13 November 1917 – led by the 1/1st Royal Bucks Hussars – can claim to be the last great British cavalry charge.

This important centenary exhibition will bring together James Prinsep Beadle’s celebrated painting of the charge of the Royal Bucks Hussars, which has never been previously on public display, Beadle’s original sketch and Thomas Cantrell Dugdale’s painting of the same charge from the Trust’s own collections, as well as other artefacts and images.

It is one of the forgotten campaigns of the First World War, yet one that left a profound legacy in terms of the shaping of the modern Middle East.

Open Tuesday to Saturday 1000-1700

Admission Free

(Above) Descendants of those who charged at El Mughar at the formal opening of the exhibition on 2 November 2017. Left to Right: The grandchildren, grandson, and daughter (Mrs Janie Day) of Captain Cyrus Perkins MC; the grandson of Trooper William Cowell (John Hounslow); the daughter (Mrs Beryl Norris) and grandson of Trumpeter Jack Gurney MM; and the nephew of Lt. Col. the Hon. Fred Cripps DSO (Lord Parmoor). 
(Above) View of part of the exhibition

The Bucks Battalions at Passchendaele

The Old Gaol, Market Hill, Buckingham

September to December 2017

The 1/st and 2/1st Bucks Battalions both saw service during the Third Ypres (Passchendaele) campaign between July and November 1917. The exhibition tells the story of the attacks by the 1/1st Bucks at St Julien on 7 August 1917 and the 2/1st Bucks at Wieltje on 22 August 1917.

Edward Brooks VC – Laying of Commemorative Paving Stone

St Mary’s Church, Oakley

Friday 28 April 2017

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 for further details.

Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Armed Forces Day

Saturday 17 June 2017

Aylesbury Rugby Club Ground, Weston Turville


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.

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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 or telephone 07796 244335

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