BMMT in conjunction with Marlow Royal British Legion, the Centre for Buckingahsmhire Studies, and the Marlow Remembers World War One Association
Saturday 18 February 2017
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
Showing of ‘Our County at War’
Bucks County Museum, the Battlefields Trust and the John Hampden Society
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
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
A celebration of Frederick Septimus Kelly (1881-1916)
Saturday 12 November 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).
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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 www.buckstv.co.uk/centenary-commemoration-of-the-battle-of-fromelles-2016/
Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock
Saturday 17 September 2016
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.
Marlow Remembers WW1 Associaton and the Marlow Society
Sunday 11 September 2016
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 unveiling 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.
Bucks Military Museum Trust
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.
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