Wipers: Colonel Christopher Newbould CBE
A lecture and sandwich lunch
12.30-2.00pm Wednesday 13th November 2013
The Fusiliers Museum London in the
Officer's Mess of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers
HM Tower of London
The town of Ieper, known to the Tommies as "Wipers" has a special part to play in how we understand the First World War. It was the site of fighting from 1914 to 1918. The British Expeditionary Force of 1914 was ground down in the defence of the town. Its where chemical weapons were first used in 1915. One of the neighbouring villages Passendaele has become synonymous with sacrifice and suffering. Until the French motorway system improved access to the Somme, Ieper was the focus for British visits to the battlefields of the Western Front.
This is an opportunity to hear one of Britain’s leading battlefield guides in action. Christopher Newbould is a gifted communicator and battlefield guide who focuses on telling the story of British soldiers, what they did and why. He brings history to life through a range of media including poetry. Christopher was the guide for the experimental played a key role in developing the realities of war programme which enabled tens of thousands of young servicemen and women to understand the core values of the army on the battlefields of the world wars. He was the chief guide for Remembrance Travel for a decade between 2000 and 2011 and one of the early members of the Guild of battlefield Guides. He is currently Chief Guide and Operations Director of Spirit of Remembrance Tours.
The funds raise from this event will be offered for the appeal to restore the 1930s vintage Royal British Legion sign in Ieper.
Our hosts will be the Fusiliers Museum and the event includes a sandwich lunch a glass of wine and the opportunity to network in the exclusive surroundings of the Fusiliers mess in HM Tower of London.
If you would like to attend this lunchtime talk, please make a donation of £25 for each attendee (£20 for members of the Battlefields Trust) and email your name, contact number and any special requirements (dietary/mobility) to email@example.com On receipt, email confirmation will be sent together with directions to the venue. If you have any questions, please ring 0207 387 6620. We look forward to welcoming you.
This event was originally scheduled for 10th September has been rescheduled for 13th November 2013. Anyone who booked for the 10th September can either have a prioirty place on our event on 13 November or claim a refund.