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Mons To The Marne And Back

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PoppyfieldPresenting the major events of the first few months of the Great War at the Village Hall in Stinchcombe, in this the centenary year of the start of World War 1. The presenter will be Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Coutts-Britton, a well respected military historian and battlefield tour guide. This presentation is open to all in Stinchcombe and the local area community. The presentation will begin at 7:30 pm and end at 9:00 pm. Doors open and a cash bar and refreshments available from 7.00 pm.
Tickets can be obtained from:
Cherry Brown
Tel: 01453 545355 or email to
cherida.m.brown@btinternet.com
Cost is £7.50 per head
The first shot to be fired by a British soldier on the Continent of Europe since the Battle of Waterloo, almost 100 years before, was by a Corporal Thomas of the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards on 22nd August 1914. The British Expeditionary Force (BEF) was only eighty thousand men strong, so small that the Kaiser called it “a contemptible little army”. The Legend of the “Angels of Mons”, the Retreat, the “Miracle of the Marne” and the First Battle of Ypres are all recounted in this presentation. This is the story of “The Old Contemptibles”.