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In Memory of a Hero

Written on September 3, 2010 at 4:48 pm, by

Historian and author Richard Broadhead is campaigning to get better recognition of Calne’s forgotten war hero Geoffrey Rumming. Chief Petty Officer Rumming, 29, an air mechanic with the Royal Naval Air Force, was providing cover for the doomed landing forces in Gallipoli in 1915 which eventually led to around 450,000 Commonwealth casualties. On April 24,Continue Reading

Pupils pay visit to WW1 exhibition

Written on July 19, 2010 at 4:45 pm, by

History students from a Trowbridge school visited a First World War exhibition based on forgotten Trowbridge soldiers. A group of four 14-year-olds from John of Gaunt School – Hafsa, Jemma, Ben and Daniel – were led around the exhibition by author and keen historian Richard Broadhead. Mr Broadhead has recently released a book called TheContinue Reading

Commission will act on grave call

Written on June 16, 2010 at 4:47 pm, by

Following your recent article on the efforts of Hilmarton resident Richard Broadhead to obtain a military headstone for Private Ernest Bennett of the Wiltshire Regiment, who died in 1916, I thought I should explain how cases like this are dealt with by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Firstly, I would like to thank Mr BroadheadContinue Reading

We must never forget the soldiers from Trowbridge

Written on May 3, 2010 at 4:47 pm, by

Author and historian Richard Broadhead hopes to ensure 15 First World War soldiers from Trowbridge get the recognition they deserve with the publication of his latest book. Richard Broadhead at the Trowbridge War Memorial While researching for his new book The Great War; Trowbridge Soldiers, Mr Broadhead uncovered details of a number of men fromContinue Reading

War research helps Trowbridge families

Written on May 1, 2010 at 4:49 pm, by

Relatives of Trowbridge soldiers who died in the Great War have come forward to speak to historian Richard Broadhead, after seeing an article on his research in the Wiltshire Times. Several people have decided to get in touch with Mr Broadhead who is about to publish a book on the lives of Trowbridge soldiers whoContinue Reading

Experiencing the Great War in Calne

Written on November 10, 2009 at 4:50 pm, by

A moving exhibition of the soldiers of Calne and District who lost their lives in the First World War officially opened last week. Calne Heritage Centre is almost unrecognisable after being transformed to resemble a war trench for the exhibition, which coincides with the release of The Great War: Calne District Soldiers, by Hilmarton authorContinue Reading

Great War comes to Calne

Written on October 25, 2009 at 4:51 pm, by

An exhibition bringing the Great War to life will open at Calne Heritage Centre next Month. Richard Broadhead, of Hilmarton, has created a display of photographs and documents about soldiers from Calne and the surrounding villages who fought in the First World War. The display coincides with the launch of Mr Broadhead’s latest book, CalneContinue Reading

Legacy of the Fallen lives on in Calne

Written on October 18, 2009 at 4:52 pm, by

An exhibition bringing the Great War to life will open at Calne Heritage Centre on Wednesday. Richard Broadhead, of Hilmarton, has created a display of photographs and documents about soldiers from Calne and the surrounding villages who fought in the First World War. The display coincides with the launch of Mr Broadhead’s latest book, CalneContinue Reading

Calne Fallen Live on in Book

Written on October 12, 2009 at 4:52 pm, by

Historian Richard Broadhead is helping to ensure that the sacrifice of hundreds of Wiltshire soldiers during the First World War is never forgotten with the release of his new book. Mr Broadhead, 45, of Hilmarton, has just published Calne and District Soldiers of the Great War, which aims to preserve the legacy of local menContinue Reading

Conflict brought alive

Written on November 30, 2006 at 2:59 pm, by

YOUNGSTERS took a step into the past at Hilmarton Church Hall on Saturday when they visited an exhibition on the soldiers of the First World War. Names on the village’s war memorial were brought to life when the Hilmarton Parish Heritage Society told their stories. Richard Broadhead, a member of the heritage group, said: “ItContinue Reading

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