10th Essex members Tim Richardson, Robin Young and Richard Boatfield took part in a commemoration marking The First Day of The Battle of The Somme. 100 years ago, on the 1st July 1916, The 8th Battalion East Surrey Regiment kicked footballs into No Man's Land during their attack. One of those footballs was destroyed in the recent fire at Clandon House and Tim Richardson has worked hard to produce a replica football which was displayed at the event - shown alongside the only remaining football from the day - both can be seen in the video below:
In May, members of The 10th Essex travelled to France to take part in the unveiling of a memorial dedicated to those men of Essex that fell in The Battle of Arras.
The 10th Essex are pictured here with Soldiers of The Royal Anglian Regiment and Colonel Charles Thomas of The Essex Regiment Association:
The 10th Essex joined The Royal West Kents, ANZACS and Skinners Horse at this year's Great Dorset Steam Fair. Set out on a massive site, with attractions for everyone we took station in the Great War encampment - which included a huge array of original Great War vehicles, artillery pieces and an enourmous purpose-built trench system. The weather and visiting public were both excellent. This is a highly recommended event to attend, especially if you are a fan of anything steam-powered!
The 10th Essex are delighted to announce that they will be joining their friends from The Royal West Kent Regiment in the magnificently built trench-system at The Great Dorset Steam Fair. Come and witness daily trench-life in the purpose built trench system. Aside from that, there will be artillery pieces, Medics and a plethora of period military vehicles.
For more information on this event, click HERE
A fantastic event attended at Bateman's - along with "The Rifles", "14-21", "They Shall Grow Not Old" and The Western Front Associations - to name a few. In the wonderful setting of Rudyard Kipling's House - and 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 fried Matthew Payne who took lots of high-resolution footage of the event and put together this quick resume of the weekend - with much more edited footage to follow:
Our flagship event at Batemans, Burwash, East Sussex takes place this weekend. 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!
For more information and directions, click HERE
We've already been up to a lot this year so far - with an awful lot of events still to come. Here's a an update on The 10th Essex for 2015:
Woodland Trust, Epsom, Surrey:
Our good friends at The Woodland Trust granted us the honour of establishing a Great War encampment as part of the opening of their "Memorial Wood" at Langley Vale in Epsom, Surrey. Not only was this a wonderful opportunity for living history by The 10th Essex but we had the added nerve-jangles of a visit of Patron HRH The Princess Royal to the venue.
Reigate Fort, Surrey:
We enjoy every event that we attend - but there are a couple that we like because we have built up a particularly good relationship with the sites and the organisations that run them. Reigate Fort is one such - and our Saturday night barbecues are always a good way to unwind, talk all things "Great War" and catch up with our National Trust hosts.
Damyns Hall - Essex:
We are never put off by bad weather - and so we took part at an event at Damyns Hall near Hornchurch in Essex, despite the drizzle.
Here is Acting Sergeant Weaver explaining the development of British kit during The Great War.
...You do have to feel for Corporal Tony Weaver for agreeing to demonstrate temperate uniform!
In April 1915 The British Army marched through Caterham in an effort to increase recruitment into their fold. 100 years later members of The 10th Essex helped to commemorate the march with other organisations. The whole of Caterham turned out to watch the march-past.
A lovely afternoon - and even the weather was good!
You can read more about the event here (Adobe Acrobat required)