Lewes History Group talk on the Southdowns Battalions in WWI: Monday 8 May 2017

Chris Kempshall: Lowther’s Lambs and the Boar’s Head

The nature and events of the Battle of the Somme have seen it become a byword for loss and tragedy in regards to the First World War.
However, the planning and implementation of the assault, then the biggest effort the British army had ever undertaken, began in the counties and towns of Britain in 1914. The disastrous first day of the Somme also overshadowed other tragedies in the lead up to zero hour.
Dr Chris Kempshall will discuss the route men from Lewes and East Sussex took from joining the Royal Sussex Regiment as ‘Lowther’s Lambs’ to the moment they went over the top on the 30th June 1916 at the Boar’s Head.
He will place the events leading up to the Battle of the Somme in both local and international context. Through this he will show how, to try and ensure success on the first day of the Somme, many soldiers gave their lives on ‘The Day that Sussex Died’.

Lowther's Lambs
Image courtesy of the East Sussex WW1 Project
All are welcome from 7.00pm for free refreshments and updates on the Group’s activities. The talk will begin promptly at 7:30pm and will finish by 9.00pm.
There is an entry fee for these meetings, payable at the door, of £2 for members, and £3 for non-members.
Venue: The King’s Church building on Brooks Road, Lewes, BN7 2BY. (Between Tesco car park and Homebase)
See the Meetings page for a list of  forthcoming monthly talks organised by the Lewes History Group.

First World War in Lewes evening

First World War Lewes Music Hall – Saturday 25 February 2017, 7pm: An event organised for the Mayor’s Charities for 2017.

A patriotic evening of musical entertainment including sketches, monologues and popular songs of the era, as performed for the troops in the Assembly Room, Lewes between 1914 and 1918, with audience participation accompanied by Lewes Glynde and Beddingham Band, members of Lewes Operatic Society and other artistes for your delectation and enjoyment, together with a well- stocked bar (wines, beers and soft drinks) and a capacious buffet supper.

Venue: Lewes Town Hall Assembly Room
Entry: £20 including buffet supper (£10 without supper)

Tickets must be booked in advance using a form (contact Town Hall), to be returned to the Civic Officer, Mayor’s Parlour, Lewes Town Hall, High Street, Lewes, BN7 2QS, telephone 01273471469, Email mayors.sec@lewes-tc.gov.uk

Tickets may be collected in advance from the Town Hall, or at the door.
All profits to the Mayor’s charities

via First World War Lewes Music Hall – Saturday 25 February 2017, 7pm — Lewes History Group

Featured image of Women’s Land Army members outside County Hall, Lewes. Image courtesy of Bob Elliston (Taken from East Sussex in WWI website).

Lewes’ Wartime Casualties 1914-1918

Graham Mayhew: The Men and Women who Didn’t Return: Lewes’ Wartime Casualties 1914-1918

Tuesday 31st January

An illustrated lecture by the Mayor of Lewes exploring how the names for the War Memorial were compiled, the many whose names were not included, and some of their life stories. This will provide insights into what life in Lewes was like at the time, and the impact on the local community of Lewes’s losses during the Great War.

Venue: Lewes Town Hall Council Chamber

Entry: Free.

Space is limited, so tickets must be booked in advance from the Town Hall in person.

2:30pm talk is sold out. 4:30pm tickets available.

There will be a collection at the event for the Mayor’s charities

Lewes War Memorial postcard