Batemans 2015

Here we go again at Batemans

This is our flagship event at Batemans, Burwash, East Sussex and is quite possibly the largest collection of WW1 living history in The UK. This event will satisfy even the most curious thirst for knowledge. With talks about everything from Bombs to Bacon, our display will include an infantry training assault, our RFC Nieuport aircraft, cavalry displays by Skinners Horse and kit and uniformed personnel from the armies of a number of Great War participant nations. It is not to be missed!

The following groups joined us this year, “The Rifles”, “14-21”, “They Shall Grow Not Old” and The Western Front Associations. It is held in the grounds of Rudyard Kipling’s House – to commemorate the loss of his Son, John “Jack” Kipling during The Battle of Loos. Our group informed and entertained a mass of visitors, but don’t just take our word for it – as this entry from Trip Advisor reveals:

Returned to Batemans for a further visit on Saturday. The venue is most attractive and well presented; the house brings to life the Kipling family and the grounds are beautiful. This weekend there was the added bonus of a reenactment of the Battle of Loos performed by various societies from Essex and Sussex.

Kipling’s own son , John died in this First World War battle. The programme of events linked to this was excellent, particularly a re-enactment of a First World War fighter plane Flight which was presented with great humour but went a long way to bring home the fragility of the planes, bravery of the crew and the huge dangers they faced.

The enthusiasts presenting this event were all knowledgeable and keen to share their information. It was a total delight, made even more so by the wonderful weather and setting…”

We were very lucky to be accompanied by our friend Matthew Payne who took lots of high-resolution footage of the event.