A local worthy from the Western Front Association is mounting a presentation on Saturday week in Eastbourne College theatre as a follow-up to the TV programmes on Channel 4 last week about the new War Cemetery at Fromelles, also in the newspapers. It is run by the CWGC, and I wonder if the WOA, the SSF and the WPA might like to post the info on their websites, or e-mail the faithful in case anyone lives near enough to come down for it?If any one is interested I will tell you how to get tickets:-
We are also privileged to be hosting a member of the project's dig - the Team's Finds Specialist, Kate Brady.

Your day will discover a history of the battle as well as charting the story of the discovery of the mass graves, the archaeology behind the excavations, the question of identification, process of reburial and the construction undertaken of the first new Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery since the end of the Second World War.

In total the day will consist of 4 presentations.

Tickets are priced at £12.50 or £10.00 for concessions (OAP’s & service personnel / veterans).  Refreshments included.

Proceeds from ticket sales support Combat Stress and SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association).

Remembering Fromelles takes place at Eastbourne College Theatre on Saturday 7th August 2010.

Doors open at 12.30pm (Sessions start 1.00pm - Finish 5.30pm).

For more information on the event or to book tickets please visit www.rememberingfromelles.co.uk,



Saturday 13th November 2010


 The Edward Thomas Fellowship and the War Poets Association will present:

Sir Martin Gilbert and Dr Jean Moorcroft Wilson at 3:00 p.m. at The Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ



Sir Martin Gilbert: THE BATTLE OF ARRAS:  ‘I shall miss something that historians can rake out of the ashes’ (Edward Thomas)


How did Edward Thomas, whose best-known poem 'Adlestrop' is about an unaccustomed stop at a deserted country station, come to join the ranks of the greatest First World War poets? Had he, for example, sailed with Robert Frost to America in February 1915 (as he seriously contemplated doing) his story and his work would have been very different. Instead, in July 1915, after months of indecision, he enlisted and by late January 1917 was in France. Just over two months later he was dead, killed on the first day of the Battle of Arras, 9 April 1917.  The story of his vacillations and of his eventual enlistment is of particular interest, highlighting as it does the myriad different reasons why men like Thomas -- 'doubting Thomas' -- finally decided to fight.


Price per ticket £10 to include refreshments.


Concessions for seniors and students £7. 50



Tickets are available from:
 Mr Larry Skillman, Hon Treasurer, The Edward Thomas Fellowship
Eastbrook, Morleys Road, Weald, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 6QX



Please make your cheque payable to The Edward Thomas Fellowship






We are now accepting bookings for the SSF trip to Ieper, the Belgian city where the SSF has several resident members. This will not be a "battlefield tour" in the usual sense, though it will include a day trip to the Somme region to look at Sassoon-related sites. It will be a weekend of fellowship, when we will visit sites that are of relevance to Siegfried Sassoon and his comrades and reflect on the poetry and prose generated by those World War I experiences.The tour will take place from Thursday 28 October to Sunday 31 October. The cost of £350 per person includes 3 nights accommodation in Ieper on a half-board basis, with a single room supplement of £30 per person per night. To be added to our mailing list, e-mail us now!

Menin Gate
Cloth Hall, Ieper