AMIENS AUGUST 1918
THE TURNING POINT
Sunday, 12th August
10am – 4pm
Free Exhibition and Event
on The Causeway, Marlow
We held a display on The Causeway about the Battle of Amiens and the start of the Allies’ ‘big push’ to end the War. We highlighted the role of Marlow men in this important battle.
Follow this link to a short video on YouTube from the event.
Follow this link to Photos of the event by the Maidenhead Advertiser
Follow this link to Photos of the event by the Bucks Free Press
1 and 8 June 12pm – 1.30pm: we held an exhibition of our research in the courtyard of the old Wethered’s Brewery site off the High Street, Marlow as part of the Love Marlow programme.
Saturday 12 May 2018 – we provided an exhibition of our research as part of the Buckinghamshire wide World War One Commemoration event that was held in High Wycombe.
Bucks Hospital Sites
Tues 27th March 2018 at 10.00am William Borlase School chapel, Marlow
2nd Lieutenant Basil Horsfall VC
Basil Arthur Horsfall, VC was born in Colombo in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) in 1887 to Maria and Charles William Horsfall, the youngest of four brothers. Along with all three of his elder brothers, he was educated at St Thomas’ College in Ceylon and then at William Borlase’s School in Marlow.
After completing his education at Borlase from 1903 to 1905, he worked briefly at Barclay’s Bank in London. On his return to Ceylon he first took up rubber planting. Later he was appointed as a Financial Assistant in the Public Works Department of the Civil Service. He also qualified in signalling and searchlight operation in the Ceylon Engineer Volunteers.
Following the outbreak of the Great War he was refused enlistment in the British Army for two years because of his status as a volunteer. Finally he was allowed to come to England where he followed an older brother into the 1st Battalion East Lancashire Regiment in December 1916. He was transferred to the 11th Battalion in October 1917 after injury and a spell of recuperation in a hospital in England. He won his VC in France in March 1918 during an action to stem a massive German offensive near Arras for his extreme bravery despite having been wounded. The citation for the award is attached. He died on the afternoon of the 27th March and his body was never found.
On the 27th March 2018 the Marlow Remembers WW1 Association and Borlase School held a commemoration of Basil Horsfall at the school. The service in the school chapel began at 10AM followed by a show of exhibits and archive material prepared by the Association and by students at the school.
2nd Lt. Basil Arthur Horsfall, late E.Lane. R.
For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. 2nd Lt’. Horsfall was in command of the centre platoon during an attack on our positions.
When the enemy first attacked his three forward sections were driven back and he was wounded in the head. Nevertheless, he immediately organised the remainder of his men and made a counter-attack, which recovered his original positions.
On hearing that, out of the remaining three officers of his company, two were killed and one -wounded, he refused to go to the dressing station, although his wound was severe. Later his platoon had to be withdrawn to escape very heavy shell fire, but immediately the shelling lifted he made a second counter-attack and again recovered his positions.
When the order to withdraw was given he was the last to leave his position, and, although exhausted, said he could have held on if it had been necessary.
His conduct was a splendid example to his men, and he showed throughout the utmost disregard of danger.
This very gallant officer was killed when retiring to the positions in rear.
The above is an extract from Gazette Citation ( pdf )
Barclays Bank Photos 1906
Barclays Group Archives hold a set of 3 small photograph albums from the early 1900s showing staff of Barclays Bank at 54 Lombard Street “at work and play”. This image (of Basil Horsfall) is extracted from the photograph above from one of the albums. The photo has surnames written above and beneath it, and these have been used in conjunction with information from other Barclays Bank sources to identify the men.
Monday 20 November 17 – We gave a talk to the Marlow Society Local History Group on ‘Life on the Home Front: Marlow in 1917’. This was in the Garden Room at Liston Hall, Marlow at 8pm. Members £1.50, Visitors £3.00.
The photograph on the poster is local – a group of Marlow ladies and a few Girl Guides standing outside Martin’s the chemist, now HSBC, in Marlow High Street. They are about to collect for the Red Cross during World War 1.
Sunday 30 July 17 – Battle of Passchendaele commemoration.
Captain Hedley Foster letters – the letters of local man, Hedley Foster who was killed during the Passchendaele campaign.
The event began with a short commemorative service led by the Town Mayor – Passchendaele Commemoration Service Sheet
An exhibition about the battle and the Marlow men who participated in it was held at The Causeway throughout the day, attracting well in excess of 200 people from Marlow and elsewhere.
In addition, we held two guided walks at 11am and 2.30pm to show people sights in the town that are linked to the First World War. Around 30 people attended the guided walks. Handout for World War One Walk July 2017
28 June 2017 – George Silvey graveside commemoration.
George Silvey was one of the servicemen who died during the war and are buried in Marlow. We are holding graveside commemorations on or close to the 100th anniversary of the death of these servicemen. On 28 June, we held a service for George Silvey who died in May 1917. We were delighted that relatives of George from Kent and Berkshire were able to join us for the commemoration service.
The Bucks Military Museum Trust came to Marlow on Saturday 18 February with their Roadshow at the invitation of the Marlow Remembers WW1 Association. The day event was hosted by the Marlow Royal British Legion and comprised displays by the two principals plus the Centre for Bucks Studies from Aylesbury.
Some 30 people attended and were clearly delighted with the displays and the helpful stewards. Several visitors were anxious to learn about their earlier family members and the BMMT database proved to be very successful (see pictures). The Roadshow has previously toured the county and attracted interest wherever displayed.
Some recent events (2016):
Wethered Brewery in World War One
During the War, part of the local Wethered Brewery switched to producing munitions for the Army on the Western Front. The archives of the Brewery are held in store in Aylesbury and we are currently working our way through them to find out what they tell us about this fascinating part of the brewery and town’s history. We shared the results of our research at two key events in the autumn.
Firstly, the Brewery was one of the chosen sites for last year’s annual Heritage Open Day. On Sunday 11 September, people were able to have guided talks of the Brewery site to explain its history and the buildings. As part of the day, we held an exhibition specifically about the Brewery during World War One. We also be unveiled an information board and a plaque to commemorate the Brewery employees who served and died during the War.
On Monday 17 October, we gave a talk on the results of our research into the Brewery during the First World War. This was at 7.30pm at Liston Hall, Chapel Street and formed part of the Marlow Society Local History Group’s ongoing programme of local history talks.
11 September – Heritage Open Day at the Brewery, including an exhibition on its role in World War One
17 October – Talk to the Marlow Society Local History Group on the Brewery in World War One, 7.30pm Liston Hall
Concert to commemorate Frederick Septimus Kelly
Frederick Septimus Kelly lived in Bisham before the War and enlisted shortly after the
conflict broke out. He served in Gallipoli and then on the Western Front where he was killed in the final stages of the Battle of the Somme.
Kelly was a celebrated oarsman who won a gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1908 and then rowed regularly on the Thames when he moved to Bisham. He is commemorated on the memorial in Marlow Rowing Club.
He was also a composer whose music has gained increasing recognition over the last few years. His Elegy for String Orchestra, written at Gallipoli in memory of his friend the poet Rupert Brooke, was performed at the BBC Proms in 2014 to mark the anniversary of the start of the War.
To celebrate the life of this highly talented local man, we joined up with the local musical ensemble, Chiltern Camerata to hold a concert in memory of Kelly. This was held on the 100th anniversary of his death on 12 November at 7.30pm at All Saints Church, Marlow. The programme consisted of music by Kelly and some of his contemporaries, as well as readings from his diary. Tickets went on sale over the summer and many joined us for this unique commemoration of Marlow’s finest composer.
12 November – Frederick Septimus Kelly Commemorative Concert, 7.30pm All Saints Church, Marlow.
Remembering the Battle of the Somme 1-2 July 2016
On Friday 1 July, we arranged for an audience of 70 people to watch the original film of The Battle of the Somme that was first shown in cinemas across the country in the summer of 1916. We followed the showing with a short and moving commemorative ceremony held on The Causeway. On Saturday 2 July, we arranged an exhibition on The Causeway on the Battle of the Somme and the Marlow men who fought there. Over 200 people visited the exhibition, including a number of local people who had relatives who had fought and died in the conflict. Both during and after the event, we helped a number of local people find out more about their relatives involved in the battle. The exhibition was also visited by many people from outside the town, including a busload of Hungarian schoolchildren who happened in Marlow that day!
Friday 18 July 2014 – The Western Front – Poster
A talk in Marlow by the leading World War historian, Professor Gary Sheffield.
Saturday 13 September 2014 – Heritage Open Day
We supported the annual open day organised by the Marlow Society, focusing on the World War One stories linked to St Peter Street.
Thursday 18 September 2014 – World War One Training Trenches
This talk was organised jointly with Archaeology in Marlow and focused on the training trenches built during World War One in Marlow and Berkhamsted.
Saturday 20 September 2014 – Marlow Carnival
We shared the results of some of our early research work as part of Marlow’s annual carnival.
Sunday 9 November 2014 – Borlase Remembers (also see this link)
We organised an exhibition on the impact of the War on Marlow as part of a programme of activities arranged by teachers and pupils at Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School, devised to commemorate the War and the school’s role in it.
Tuesday 17 February 2015 – Memories of Marlow – Poster
We organised this event jointly with the Marlow Society to share the recordings made in the 1980s of local people’s memories of the War. The evening also included an exhibition of photos of Marlow during the war.
Easter Sunday 5 April 2015 – Commemoration of Leonard Roberts
A service was held at the grave of a young soldier who lost his life in the war and who was the first serviceman to be buried in a Marlow cemetery.
Friday 24 April 2015 – Marlow remembers Gallipoli
To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign landings, we published the attached article in the Bucks Free Press highlighting the stories of some of the 17 men and boys from Marlow and the surrounding area who died there
Thursday 7 May 2015 – Lusitania Commemoration
The Marlow Society and the Marlow Remembers World War One Association jointly organised a ceremony to mark the exact 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Cunard liner Lusitania by a German submarine on 7th May 1915.
Sunday 12 July 2015 – The Trenches Heritage Day
Run in partnership with Marlow Remembers World War 1, the free family-friendly event featured hands-on activities, performances and interactive sessions including: a Sergeant Major’s drill and children’s assault course; guided walks, talks and displays on the history of the trenches; a remembrance service at 11am; local cadet groups in uniform undertaking military tasks. Click here to see the original flyer (please note, these are large files and may take a while to load).
Saturday 12 September 2015 – Heritage Open Day
we supported Heritage Open Day with exhibitions on the War at Marlow Rowing Club and Bisham Church.
Sunday 8 November – National Remembrance Day
Monday 16 November at 7.30pm – A talk on “Reluctant Recruits: Conscription in Marlow during World War One“
Using evidence from newspaper reports and local records of the time, Andy Ford explored the work of the Marlow Military Tribunal set up to hear appeals by men against being conscripted, explaining why and how the men appealed and then what happened to them.
Saturday 28 November, 10am – 4pm – War Memorial Survey Workshop
Organised by the War Memorials Trust, Civic Voice and supported by local history groups across South Bucks, this workshop was one of many across the country to train up volunteers to undertake condition surveys of the nation’s war memorials. The workshop was then reported in the Bucks Free Press.