Cyril Flower Martindale

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Very pleased to have had the opportunity to meet Patricia Reed recently, the daughter of Cyril Flower Martindale who served with The Royal Sussex Regiment as part of the former Southdowns battalion (also known as Lowther’s Lambs) at the Battle of Boar’s Head. Although born in Watford, he grew up in Brighton and lived there apart from during WWI and WWI all his life.

This key battle, taking place on 30th June 1916 (the day before the start of the Somme) was also known as The Day Sussex Died, a diversionary battle to disguise plans for The Somme offensive which went horribly wrong, and left many hundreds of Sussex men dead or injured on the same day.

Cyril was injured with shrapnel at the battle and taken to hospital to recuperate, which meant that he didn’t then participate in the Battle of the Somme, something which is daughter feels was actually what saved his life.

Cyril instead was transferred in 1917 on the “Good Ship” Carrissima along with other Royal Sussex men to India to Karachi to quell fighting in tribal lands, and possibly for the third Anglo Afghan war. He then spent the rest of WWI in the Indian Subcontinent – now Pakistan, along with visits to Deolali, and the Indian seaside resort of Clifton Sands.

Demobbed in 1920, Cyril lived a long life, and carefully kept all the Lowther’s Lambs photos, reunion invitations and writings, along side his documents for his ongoing participation in World War II.

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Cyril attended every single annual memorial of the Southdowns regiment and kept each of the programmes complete with poems by noted poet Edmund Blunden who also fought with the Royal Sussex, along with other documents.

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Cyril married Ethel (above) from Watford a shop girl in the West End of London in the mid 1920s and they remained married until she died eight years before him at the beginning of the 1970s. Their only daughter Patricia still lives in Brighton.

His daughter remembers him as a happy man and good father who lived until the late 1970s. Until the end, she said she could still feel the shrapnel in his arm from that fateful day in 1916.

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All images with kind permission of Patricia Reed.

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FREE: Outing to The Day Sussex Died exhibition, Eastbourn

Cyril.JPGTomorrow our project group will be going on  trip to the Redoubt Fortress in Eastbourne to find out more about the Battle of Boars Head (linked to The Orange Lilies project), where On just one fateful day in June 1916 in Richebourg, France, over 1000 men from Sussex were wounded or killed. https://www.facebook.com/events/903400313139490/

We are leaving in a minibus from Brighton and have a couple of spaces still for this trip, so please get in touch if you’d like to attend too: theorangelilies@gmail.com

See the new recruits marching out of Eastbourne station and uncover the disastrous tales of soldiers like Albert Thomas Hendley, a baker from Willingdon who returned on leave to make his wedding cake and was tragically killed just a month before his wedding. Be moved and inspired by their stories in For Hearth, Home and Honour.

Venue – Redoubt Fortress, Royal Parade, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN22 7AQ

This is part of The Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in the Somme project:https://theorangelilies.wordpress.com/events/

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and in partnership with:

Fabrica gallery, Gateways to the First World War project, and Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service

Images courtesy of Patricia Reed, of her father Cyril Flower Martindale who served at The Battle of Boars Head

Open Call for emerging Film makers aged 16 – 24

 

tol-posterThe Orange Lilies Film Project – Call out for youth submissions

Deadline: Sunday 9th October 2016

Strike a Light are working in partnership with Brighton & Hove Library and Information Service, Gateways to the First Wold War, and Fabrica gallery on The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove Soldiers in the Somme project, funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

We are looking for young film makers aged 16-24 who would like to make a short film as part of The Orange Lilies film project strand – We seek creative and motivated people who would like the opportunity to make a short film in a supported environment, working with artists, researchers and project participants.

Four individuals or ‘film crews’ will work on an original idea, based on research undertaken in the project. Facilitated by the film project co-ordinator, you will access equipment and resources, and be invited to workshops to develop skills and creative ideas. You will have the full support of The Orange Lilies project researchers, and attend information days, events and workshops.

The project will offer an opportunity to add to your portfolio and gain experience of responding to a professional brief whilst working in a supportive environment that opens up networks for your future practice. You will also have the opportunity to reach large audiences with your film profiled online and screened at B.fest 2017 at Jubilee Library, Brighton.

The Orange Lilies project is currently underway and continues until June 2017. Film makers will be required to commit to working with the film project co-ordinator, and aspects of the project they wish to highlight in their films.

It is envisaged that some participants will produce their film in a 4-6-week timescale, focusing their ideas on a particular aspect, object or individual important to the project. Others may benefit by being involved with the project workshops, researchers and mentors over the full term of the project. We are open to alternative interpretations of the film making brief, and encourage creativity and experimentation.

This is a free opportunity for young filmmakers aged 16-24 who are able to get to Brighton & Hove for the project

The Film makers will receive support and training to:

  • Work with a film making mentor to research and create four short films about The Orange Lilies project
  • Attend training and project sessions to create these films
  • Attend archives, events, exhibitions and outings related to the project
  • Complete short films and share these with the project

Skills Required:

  • An interest in film making, and willingness to learn new skills
  • Use and think creatively about material in archives for film
  • A positive and imaginative approach to volunteering
  • Good interpersonal and team working skills

About The Orange Lilies project

Strike a Light will be working with young people to commemorate the effects of the Battle of the Somme and an earlier event The Battle of the Boar’s Head (30th June -18th November 1916) on the city, uncovering Brighton’s Great War heritage for future generations.

Using archives and artefacts to inform creative learning, our unique approach involves young people researching and producing a series of short films to share this WWI centenary theme; creating textile interpretations of significant battles; and attending talks and study days; whilst receiving support from local historians, including a local Royal Sussex Regimental military expert.

The Royal Sussex Regiment acquired The Orange Lilies tag after receiving permission from William of Orange to bear orange facings on uniforms. This regimental nickname continued into the 20th century, hence our project title.

Who can apply?

Young people 16-24 currently living or studying in Brighton and Hove.

(Individuals or crews/teams will be considered equally. All applicants need to display some previous film making experience.)

How to apply

Applicants are invited to submit an expression of interest in the project either in writing (no more than 1 side of A4) or a video (no more than 3 mins) explaining why they want to be part of the project and any previous experience. Please include links to films.

Deadline for applications is 12th October 2016 and applicants will be notified of selection by 19th October.

Overview

This project is coordinated by Strike a Light – Arts & Heritage, a Brighton based organisation which uses people’s life stories and memories to engage a wide range of groups in creative and heritage activities, and making art to transform public and private spaces.

Who to contact?

Contact Tracey Gue – Film Coordinator for more information
Email: tracey.gue@fabrica.org.uk
 

 

 

From the Somme to Brighton: the stories of two ‘Pavilion Blues’

Pav-Blues-cartoon.jpgJo Palache, researcher for ‘Pavilion Blues: Disability and Identity’ at Brighton Museum, shares the tales of two of the amputees who were treated at the Pavilion Military Hospital and discusses how their individual stories helped her learn more about the lives of the patients at the hospital.

FREE: Outing to Pavilion Blues: Disability and Identity exhibition, Brighton Museum. This takes place on 12th October 10-12pm. From 1916 to 1920 over 6,000 military amputees were treated at the Royal Pavilion, Dome and Corn Exchange in Brighton.

To commemorate this centenary, the story of the Pavilion Military Hospital for limbless soldiers is being told in the current exhibition, Pavilion Blues: Disability & Identity, at Brighton Museum. Researcher Jo Palache will talk about the stories behind it and her own project research.

This talk will take place in the Museum Lab, and will involve an illustrated talk on the hospital and this time, as well as giving some background, on the individual stories of Albert Clay and George Fulkes.  Both fought on the Somme, although Albert was wounded later. We’ll also look at how the group can use the magazines to find out about soldiers who fought on the Somme.

Even if you have already visited the Pavilion Blues exhibition already, this event will approach the theme from a different angle so will offer new and nuanced information for visitors.

 

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In association with the Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove

Venue – Brighton Museum, Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton BN1 1EE

Testament of Youth-free film screening

testament-of-youthAs part of The Orange Lilies – Brighton & Hove in the Somme project, Strike a Light in partnership with Fabrica gallery, Brighton will be showing this special schools free screening of the 2014 film Testament of Youth. This is a World War One drama based on the best-selling memoirs of British writer and anti-war campaigner Vera Brittain.

The film showing is 9.30-12.30pm Tuesday 22nd November 2016 at Fabrica gallery, 40 Duke Street, Brighton BN1 1AG.

The screening will also host a speaker to give historical context, as well as free popcorn and drinks for viewers.

This screening is aimed at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 pupils in Brighton and Hove at Secondary Schools, Sixth Forms, Colleges and also alternative educational groups, such as Home Education Networks. Ages 11 upwards.

To book a class on this event, find out more here: http://bit.ly/2codJzN

 

COST

FREE

RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP

11+

CURRICULUM SUBJECT/S

  • Citizenship
  • English
  • History
  • PSHE Education

ACCESSIBILITY:

  • Wheelchair friendly

    Wheelchair Access

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Free WWI events this week!

Free Heritage Open Days events – Brighton & Hove

Thursday 8th, Friday 9th & Saturday 10th September

Keep the Home Fires Burning event –
Heritage Open Days (Free)

Thursday 8th September 1-4pm (Drop in): 

A creatively curated drop-in daytime event, with free workshops, exhibitions, talks, and cafe.

We’ll be hosting songstrels The Close Shaves, creative workshops from artist Fiona Edwards, tea and cakes, WWI era bicycles from the Royal Sussex Cycling Battalion, exhibitions from Gateways to the First World War on cinema and theatre, and also from Royal Pavilion and Museums Brighton and Hove.

The event taking place is part of national Heritage Open Days events. During this special drop-in event, Fabrica opens its doors to the public for an afternoon of stimulating and engaging activities and exhibits.

Book your free place here 


WWI Walking Tour – Friday 9th September:  

Dr Geoffrey Mead will lead an early evening tour for The Boys on the Plaque project, looking at the stories from soldiers on a WWI memorial plaque (based at Fabrica gallery), who with connections to this area of the city.

 The tour runs from 6-7.30pm and starts from Fabrica gallery, 40 Duke Street, Brighton BN1 1AG. The event is free but booking is necessary here.

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Friday 9th & Saturday 10th September:

Friday 9th from 1-7pm & Saturday 10th from 1-5pm    

An exhibition specially for Heritage Open Days which focuses on the history of brewing in Lewes, East Sussex and its related industrial and agricultural links from the 18th Century to the present day, a period of some 200 years. The exhibition looks at working life in relation to Breweries, agricultural workers and rural life and trades.

Find out more here

A project in partnership with Harveys Brewery.


Friday 9th & Saturday 10th September:

The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove in the Somme exhibition

Friday 9th from 1-7pm & Saturday 10th from 1-5pm

FREE Exhibition and Drop in at Strike a Light, Studio 8 (Mezzanine), Open Market, Marshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU

Strike a Light showcases its WWI themed project The Orange Lilies – Brighton and Hove Soldiers in the Somme.

The project focuses the city’s legacy of the Somme and a significant event on the eve of this (where huge numbers of Brighton soldiers fell), The Battle of Boar’s Head (also known as The Day that Sussex Died), as a key part of WWI, and its subsequent impact on Brighton.

In partnership with:

Fabrica gallery, Gateways to the First World War project, and Brighton and Hove Libraries and Information Service.

These are funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Volunteer Research Group starts – get involved!

 

TOL logoOur new Volunteer Research Group will be meeting next week for the first time, along with Ross Hammond, the new Research Group Coordinator for The Orange Lilies project, to go through training, events and activities as well as exploring our research approach. All welcome!
We will be meeting at Jubilee Library in Brighton from 10.30am-12.30pm on Friday 5th August in the community meet space which is just to the left of the graphic novel section, behind the check out desk on the ground floor.
Do RSVP so we know if you’re able to attend – theorangelilies@gmail.com
Please bring a note book and pen with you too.
Looking forward to seeing you!
With thanks to QueenSpark Books for the image of the postcard from 1916 from their Letter in the Attic project.

BRIGHTON, HOVE AND SUSSEX IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR: USING THE KEEP TO DISCOVER LOCAL HISTORY

Meeting with Brighton historian

Nicola Benge The Orange Lilies Project Manager met with local historian Trevor Povey recently to discuss the project and benefit from his years of experience and research on WWI and Brighton in the Somme.20160617_144916.jpg

It was a very illuminating discussion and really helped to clarify our project direction and background, as well as gaining access to some great local image and photography in Brighton, Hove and Portslade, training camps and more from 1916 and beyond.

Trevor has also been advising Brighton Museum on their own Battle of Boar’s Head exhibition which starts on 30th June 2016.

Thanks to Trevor for his time and knowledge!

Seeking volunteer film makers!

The Orange Lilies Project – Volunteer Roles: Film makers (Ages 15-25)

We aim to find creative ways to commemorate soldiers through the medium of film and textiles, created by young people (age 15-25), showing their creative heritage response to the events of the centenary in Brighton.

We will create four short films to document and share the project as it progresses. Made by young people, this heritage subject will be given an accessible and fresh vision that other young people can enjoy, as well as general audiences, who will be better informed as the project develops.

Each of the films will give the project a tangible legacy after it’s end. The Orange Lilies project will culminate with a fifth, evaluatory final short film about the achievements, experiences and discoveries made during the project. The films will be made accessible to project partners for further reach as well as having an online presence on the project blog and screened where possible at project events, such as the Fabrica film screening.

The short films produced will be made available for local schools, partners, relevant projects and organisations to use throughout the WWI centenary.

LITA Palace Pier.jpgThe Film makers will receive support and training to:

  • Work with a film making mentor to research and create five short films about The Orange Lilies project
  • Attend training and project sessions to create these films
  • Visit The Keep archive and other related venues
  • Attend events, exhibitions and outings related to project
  • Complete short films and share these with the project

Skills Required:

  • Learn new skills about film making
  • Use and think creatively about material in archives for film
  • An interest in film making
  • A positive and imaginative approach to volunteering
  • Good interpersonal and team working skills

For more information, please contact:

Nicola Benge

The Orange Lilies Project Manager

Tel: 07727 006538

theorangelilies@gmail.com

 

Thanks to QueenSpark Books and its’ Letter in the Attic project for use of this image.