St John’s Church Hall, Boxmoor, HH
Military History group – meets once a month on the first Wednesday, though there are no meetings in January or August. Instead, in August we usually go on an interesting visit – this year (2020) to the Honourable Artillery Company in London. December is a quiz morning followed by lunch at a local venue.
Meetings consist of talks or sometimes a video. Group members are encouraged to prepare and present talks about topics that interest them, and help is available if needed. Occasionally we have a visiting speaker. Topics can include anything related – directly or indirectly – to a military theme, from Greeks and Romans to the present day.
The programme for 2020 is below, but not quite finalised.
Bev & Jim: Torpedoes, part 4
Ella Short: A description of her father’s WWI Experiences
Robert Spence: Crimean War
Tony Thompson: 16thc Galley Warfare in the Mediterranean;
Mark & Pam Bathurst: The Medway Queen
The PS Medway Queen is a paddle driven steamship, the only mobile estuary paddle steamer left in the United Kingdom. She was one of the ‘little ships’ of Dunkirk, making a record 7 trips and rescuing 7000 men in the evacuation of Dunkirk.
Laura Rouse: The Battle of the River Plate
Peter Clayton gives us Horatio Nelson’s epic, history-changing naval victory at the ‘Battle of the Nile 1 Aug 1798’.
This may be followed, if necessary by Fred Palfery with another ‘true tale’ – this time, two personal accounts of a near disaster involving an aircraft crash in deepest Norfolk.
Further programme planning is afoot. Volunteer speakers will be very welcome to fill the programme for the rest of the year. Any members who have given a hint they might give a talk please contact Barbara or Fred with details. Help available if necessary.