Living Military History on TV: Country House Sunday

Ragley Hall Warwickshire Living Military History

Ragley Hall,  Warwickshire

Living Military History were on TV last week in ITV’s new series Country House Sunday made by TwoFourProductions.

The show featured The Warwickshire Regiment 1914-1918 Living History Group at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire, family seat of Lord and Lady Hertford, for a Great War weekend Event. The Warwick’s gave a fine display for the visitors and the camera crew which featured in this new TV series.

The medical display was also featured and according to Lynda Bellingham’s voice-over, its Medical Officer was “perfectly placed for complete historical accuracy”.

This episode is available to view on ITVPlayer until the end of May.

Graham Bandy WW1 Display - Country House Sunday Ragley Hall 28 april 2013

WW1 Display at Ragley Hall

This Daytime series sees Lynda Bellingham take a tour around some of Britain’s most beautiful stately homes.

Lynda and her team of presenters and chefs explore the very best that the house and estate have to offer, unpicking their rich history, revealing their secrets and uncovering life both upstairs and downstairs from cooking in the kitchens to tending the grounds.

The series also features the beauty of the local countryside, afternoon walks, antiques and days out at markets rounding off each episode with a hearty Sunday lunch.

For more on the history of some of the wonderful Stately Homes of England or inspiration for more great days out, why not invest in one of the handy pocket guides available such as the AA’s Great Days Out

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Search for Relatives

Commonwealth War Graves

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission intends to carry out work on a number of the War Graves in the UK.

They wish to make contact with any family members of the casualties concerned.

If you are a relative of any of the casualties listed here please contact:

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Jenton Road
Sydenham
Leamington Spa
Warwickshire
CV31 1XS
E-Mail: ukaoffice@cwgc.org
Tel: 01926 330137

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 🙂

 

Weedon War Memorial Project Open Day

Open day for memorial project

WEEDON War Memorial Project hosted an open day on Saturday and Graham Bandy was there to identify all the military photographs and memorabilia brought in by the hundreds of visitors.

Photographs and documentation from the war were view between 10.30am and 3.30pm in the village hall and anyone with military memorabilia was encouraged to bring it along for identification by historian Captain G Bandy.

The children of Weedon Primary School read the names of the 90 men from the village who died in the war and there was a display of great war medical artifacts.

The Rifles Living History Society were at the hall as well as a display of WW artefacts including deactivated weaponry. Weedon History Society also displayed items from their collection.

Before the event, organiser Jenny Copeland said: “It should be a really good day. There will be something for everyone.”

http://www.daventryexpress.co.uk/community/open-day-for-memorial-project-1-4877501

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Weedon War Memorial Project Open Day

Daventry Express 13th march 2013