Chesterfield Western Front Association Branch Newsletters

 

Chesterfield Western Front Association Branch Newsletters 2017

Please find attached the first Western Front Association Chesterfield Branch Newsletter for 2017
Issue 22 is planned for around the end of March or at least just before the April meeting.
 
Don`t forget the February meeting - Tuesday 7th - Niall Cherry will be making a presentation on the Battle of Cambrai 1917.
 
January got off to a good start with  an excellent attendance for the AGM and Tony Bolton`s presentation on the Crises of 1917 - I hope to see as many of you as possible at the next meeting.

 

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Birkenhead Park Exhibition November 2015

 

 Birhenhead Park Exhibition November 2015
 Outside the Merseyside Branch, third annual Great War exhibition at Birkenhead Park 

Birkenhead Park Exhibition November 2015

The Merseyside Branch, third annual Great War exhibition was held in Birkenhead Park Visitors Centre from 1 -7 November 2015. Once again it proved to be a success, thanks to all the branch members who took part, either by contributing material for boards, or giving their time during the week to help out at the event. This year we received a generous grant from the Western Front Association and we purchased a replica uniform which was worn throughout the week by our Chairman, Peter Threlfall.

 

 Birkenhead Park Exhibtion November 2015
 Members hard at work setting up the exhibition

 

This year the exhibition covered the events of 1915 and subjects included; Gas, Gas, Gas!; The War at Sea; Fighting Fronts in 1915; Local casualties; Post Office; Shot at Dawn; Zeppelins; Ypres, 1/4th Cheshire’s at Gallipoli; Lusitania; Shortages; Poets; The Liverpool Scottish; Training to Fight a War; Territorials; Tragic Tales and the story of Thomas Gathercole. As well as our own branch replica uniform, members also provided a number of items to exhibit throughout the week, which always go down well with visitors, particularly the gas rattle, rifle and shell cases, which the children enjoy.

 Birkenhead Park Exhibition Exhibits
 Birkenhead Park Exhibition exhibits

 

 Birkenhead Park Exhibition display cases
 Birkenhead Park Exhibition display cases

 

 Birkenhead Park Exhibition display
 Birkenhead Park Exhibitions

 

Five school parties attended, with a total of approximately 200 children. They played a part in telling the story of the outbreak of the Great War. Maps of various countries were given out to the children when they came in, including Serbia, Germany, France, Belgium and Great Britain and the children were also given roles as Archduke Ferdinand and Gavrilo Princip.

 

Birkenhead Park Exhibitions WW1 talk
Birkenhead Park Exhibition Talk

 

Once again, Brian McDonough kindly lent us his grandfather’s death plaque and medals and we were able to tell the story of 7504 Lance Corporal Joseph Armstrong. The children always appear to learn a great deal from these talks. Hearing about a local casualty, where he lived and the work he did while living in Birkenhead, seeing and holding pieces of uniform and equipment, helps them to understand the sacrifices made by ordinary men.

 

Birkenhead Park Exhibitions WW1 Talk
Birkenhead Park Exhibition Talk

 

If you haven’t been involved in our branch exhibition before, think about getting involved in 2016, it can be very rewarding. Don’t worry if you think you don’t know enough to take part, sometimes it’s just a case of listening to other people tell their stories and telling them about the WFA.

 

Birkenhead Park Exhibition WW1 Talk
Birkenhead Park Exhibition Talk

Once again, Brian McDonough kindly lent us his grandfather’s death plaque and medals and we were able to tell the story of 7504 Lance Corporal Joseph Armstrong. The children always appear to learn a great deal from these talks. Hearing about a local casualty, where he lived and the work he did while living in Birkenhead, seeing and holding pieces of uniform and equipment, helps them to understand the sacrifices made by ordinary men.

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