Viney Memorial Lecture Returns After Covid Break

 The Trust is delighted to announce that our annual Viney Lecture returns on Sunday, 26th June, after a two-year gap due to Covid.

 We are pleased to be partnering with the Buckingham Literary Festival to bring you “The Forgotten War” with distinguished military historian Dr Robert Lyman, examining the Burma campaign of the Second World War. The lecture will take place at The Vinson, University of Buckingham, from 1230-1330.  Dr Lyman will be exploring some aspects of the conflict that are not yet fully understood, and along the way he will touch on the part played in the fighting by the men of 99th (Royal Bucks Yeomanry) Field Regiment, Royal Artillery, a Territorial Army unit from Buckinghamshire with roots that go back to the formation of the Yeomanry Cavalry in the 1790s.

The Viney Memorial Lecture remembers the Trust’s founder, Aylesbury-born Major Elliott Viney, DSO, MBE, TD, DL, who briefly commanded the 1/1st Bucks Battalion at the French town of Hazebrouck, in May, 1940, helping to hold the perimeter around Dunkirk in order to buy time for over 300,000 personnel to be evacuated from the beaches.

Dr Lyman FRHistS is a Research Fellow at the Changing Character of War Centre, Pembroke College, Oxford. Following 20 years in the British army, he publishes widely on the Second World War in Europe, North Africa and Asia. He lectures for the National Army Museum and the Kohima Educational Trust, and speaks regularly at Chalke Valley History Festival. His new book about the Forgotten War is A War of EmpiresJapan, India, Burma & Britain 1941-45.

Tickets for the lecture are available from the Buckingham Literary Festival booking office at:

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