Great War talk for his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety

Black Country Bugle - - YOUR LETTERS - Veron­ica Bradley [email protected]

ON Thurs­day, 29th Novem­ber, Charles Breck­nell will be giv­ing a talk to the Kid­der­min­ster and District Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal and His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety en­ti­tled How to Sur­vive the Great War: the War Ser­vice of Stu­art Men­zies 1914 - 1919, Dis­patch Rider and Pi­lot.

The sub­ject is Charles’s great-un­cle, who served on the Western Front, Salonica and Egypt. For many years Charles had his un­cle’s pho­to­graph al­bum and a re­cent visit to the Im­pe­rial War Mu­seum at Dux­ford prompted him to try to find out more. The talk cov­ers the meth­ods used to dis­cover de­tails of his war ser­vice, as well as show­ing many con­tem­po­rary pho­tos of aero­planes and ser­vice life in the Great War.

Charles Breck­nell has fam­ily con­nec­tions to Kid­der­min­ster. The John Breck­nell char­ity is still ac­tive in the town (John Breck­nell was the speaker’s great-great-great-great-grand­fa­ther’s brother). Also known as the Church Street Sup­per, the char­ity still dis­penses plum cakes upon the eve of ev­ery mid­sum­mer day, with pipes, to­bacco and ale for the male in­hab­i­tants.

This is an af­ter­noon meet­ing with a 2.15pm start held in St Ge­orge’s An­nexe, ad­ja­cent to St Ge­orge’s Church, Rad­ford Av­enue, Kid­der­min­ster, DY10 2ES. There is a small charge for vis­i­tors who are very wel­come.

More in­for­ma­tion about the So­ci­ety in­clud­ing the pro­gramme for this sea­son’s talks can be found on www. kid­der­hist­soc.btck.co.uk/

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