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The Goldhanger Bell Ringers Remember…

In WW1 1400 bell ringers died in the conflict. The associated change ringers of the UK, started a campaign for each ringing tower, to recruit new members, to “replace” these people.This is Michelle, also of Goldhanger, who became fascinated with bell ringing after bumping into several of the the local team, in the local pub. Read More

Our last time at the Great Dorset Steam Fair

This year has seen the annual Great Dorset Steam Fair (GDSF), which is held at Blandford, celebrate its 50th anniversary.  In conjunction with this commemoration, the WW1 trench complex which was constructed there in 2014, occupied by several individuals from the 10th Essex. This complex has been manned every year by historical interpreters. Along with Read More

Batemans Roll of Honour

Theatre of War FRance Sapper R.L Daniel – Royal Engineers – Died at Dainville, France Private C M Husk – East Surrey – Died at Arras, France John Stanley Fursdon – Hertfordshire Regiment James Fursdon – Royal Army Medical Corp George Storer – East Surrey William Frank Lanaray – Kings Royal Rifles Drummer Frank Edgar Read More

Barton Stacey Village Fete

Barton Stacey Village Fete We attended this small village event at Barton Stacey near Winchester because a member of the 10th Essex is good friends with the organisers. Only four of us were in attendance showing the various items of equipment that a solider of the period would wear or use. There was some interest Read More

Hampton Court Flower Show 2018

Battlefields to Butterflies at the Hampton Court flower show This project has been over two years in the making with the Royal Parks Guild and the Historic Royal Places. Originally conceived from the words and paintings of William Orpen who wrote, “The dreary dismal mud was baked white and pure — dazzling white. White daisies, red Read More

Great War Steam Fair – Beamish 2018

Great War Steam Fair at the Beamish Museum April 5th-8th saw the Essex venturing far to the North, visiting the wonderful Beamish Museum in County Durham. So far north that snow fell as the advance party arrived to set up, a thankfully rare occurrence in the 10th Essex annals. After a day’s “show and tell” Read More

Blackpool Cenotaph 2018

Blackpool Cenotaph Memorial Service We were asked if we would like to come to Blackpool to help the Blackpool Somme Association lay a wreath at the Cenotaph. This was erected in 1923 and lies at the northern end of the central promenade along Blackpool seafront. You can read more about it here – The Blackpool Read More