Lost WW1 documents found

An interesting story which shows that there are still surprises out there…. 🙂

FIRST World War documents that the Government wanted destroyed have been found by a Herefordshire man.

Jeremy Arter, from Callow, was clearing his aunt’s home in Talybonton- Usk, near Brecon, when he came across the archives.

They were due to go in the skip and it was only when he checked them fully that he realised their significance.

“I noticed the stamp MI7 (b) on some of the documents and realised they were worth holding on to,” said Jeremy.

“I checked MI7 (b) on the web and didn’t find much, but further research showed that the Government ordered the destruction of the official papers of MI7 (b) shortly after the Armistice in 1918.”

Historians have said that the documents were destroyed on the grounds that they would have been too incriminating, especially because of the way they showed the Government’s support for the war.

The author of the documents was Jeremy’s great uncle – Captain James Lloyd Price of the Welsh Regiment.

He was wounded at the Battle of the Somme at Mametz in July 1916, but survived and was recruited by MI7 (b) to write extensively for them.

He told the stories of individual heroism and contemporary accounts of daily life of fighting on the front line.

Jeremy read through around 150 of the documents, each between 1,500 to 2,000 words long, and has now put pen to paper about his discovery.

“I have written a book about his story and my intention is to generate as much interest in the archive as I can so that it will be freely available for enthusiasts and scholars to read,” he added.

Jeremy is due to take the archive to the National Library of Wales’s roadshow in Brecon today (Thursday).

The library is currently undertaking a project, entitled World War One and the Welsh Experience, in which it plans to digitalise a wide range of archive material revealing the hidden history of the war.

Project manager Rob Phillips said that up until now, they had failed to find anything about military intelligence and the role that Welsh people played in that.

“I nearly fell off my chair when Jeremy rang about his discovery,” he said.

“It’s definitely a significant find in terms of the project. It will bring a new dimension to what we will be able to show people.”

For more information about the roadshow, visit  http://cymruww1.llgc.org.uk/

 

From…http://www.herefordtimes.com

Thanks to Danny Rees for the story 🙂

 

RAF COMMAND BUNKER OPENS

The WW2 RAF command bunker at former RAF Uxbridge is to open to the public

The Bunker is available for guided visits every weekday, usually at 10am and 2pm. In exceptional circumstances evening visits will be considered. There is no charge for a guided tour, but they recommend a minimum donation of £3.00 per person.

WEEKDAY VISITS MUST BE BOOKED IN ADVANCE

Beginning on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th March 2013, the Battle of Britain Bunker will be open to visitors every weekend for a trial period of three months (until 29th/30th June 2013). There will be no need to book; visitors can simply turn up and look around between 10am – 4pm. There is no charge for admission but they recommend a minimum donation of £3.00 per person.

For more information please call 01895 238154, or email 11gpenquiries@btconnect.com

A 360 view can be seen here

http://www.360edge.co.uk/index.php/toursportfolio/88-museum

 

Thanks to Carol DeSolla Atkin