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Rupert Brooke and the ‘Glitterati’ at Gallipoli Peter Hart
This presentation chronicles the story of the poet Rupert Brooke, who Yeats described as ‘the handsomest young man in England’. The talk will detail his early life and his war service. In 1915 he joined the Royal Naval Division’s Hood Battalion, and sailed with them in February 1915. Brooke received a mosquito bite which caused blood poisoning. French surgeons carried out two operations to drain the abscess but he died of septicaemia on 23 April 1915 without having seen action.
Rupert Brooke and the ‘Glitterati’ at GallipoliPeter Hart was the oral historian at the Imperial War Museum In London for 39 years during which time he interviewed thousands of veterens about their experience of war. He has written several books on the First and Second world wars and has long been obsessed with Gallipoli, He has appeared in numerous television documentaries and is a well regarded tour guide to the Gallipoli battlefield.
The Second Battle of Ramadi – the most perfectly fought battle of the war?–
The Second Battle of Ramadi was fought in Mesopotamia in September 1917. Perceptions of the Mesopotamia Campaign are dominated by the disaster of the Siege of Kut. Kut was an anomaly. Second Ramadi followed the standard approach to battle which shows how British Army generals wanted to fight battles. Success at Second Ramadi occurred because technology now allowed commanders to overcome the difficulties of operating in such an extreme environment.
Paul Knight is a Major in the Army Reserve, currently employed as SO2 Historical Analysis at the British Army’s Land Warfare Centre. He holds a PhD in History, is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and has written several military history books. His interest in the Mesopotamia Campaign started when he served in Iraq in 2005, and he is currently writing a book on the Second Battle of Ramadi.
Dunsterforce – Louise Provan
Dunsterforce was an Allied military force, established in December 1917 and named after its commander, Major-General Lionel Dunsterville. The force comprised fewer than 350 Australian, New Zealand, British and Canadian officers and NCOs, who were drawn from the Western and Mesopotamian fronts. The force was intended to organise local units in northern Iran (Persia) and South Caucasus, to replace the Tsarist army that had fought the Ottoman armies in Armenia. The Russians had also occupied northern Iran in co-operation with the British occupation of southern Iran, to create a cordon to prevent German and Ottoman agents from reaching Central Asia, Afghanistan and India.
Louise Provan has extensively researched this story, and recently gave a presentation to the Great War Group conference.
Indians in defence of the suez canal 1915 –
Dr Adam Prime
The purpose of this talk is to give an account of not just of the Suez Canal’s place in British strategy and the battle itself but also of the soldiers’ experiences in Egypt in the early part of the war. For many of the Territorials, predominantly from East Lancashire, this was their first time abroad. For the Indian regulars this was likely their first active service outside of India and Afghanistan, and also the first time they would face a regular army, organised in a manner similar to themselves. Yet this hastily organised defence was successful.
Adam Prime is a historian of the military in British India. He holds a PhD from the University of Leicester on the Indian Army Officer Corps between 1861 and 1921. Adam has published chapters on the defence of the Suez Canal and on the make up of the Indian Army officer corps in the late Victorian period. Adam is a regular speaker at branches of The Western Front Association and sits on The WFA Executive Committee.