Illustrated talks designed for a general audience.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Centenary
an outline of its origins in the early stages of the Great War, its foundation in 1917,
its subsequent development, visiting its cemeteries and its value
to researchers and family history enthusiasts.
World War 1: Mons to the Somme.
Covering the retreat from Mons to the Marne, the advance to the river Aisne, the move to Flanders and the events of 1916. Particular reference is made to the higher command of the BEF, various actions of the Royal West Kent Regiment and the work of the Royal Engineers.
Bailey: the bridge and the man.
A talk about the eponymous bridge, from its development at the start of
world war 2, earlier military bridges, its successors and its current
military and civilian use. See review below.
The Royal Engineers Museum.
A former Sapper’s personal view of the roles of the Royal Engineers as displayed at the
Royal Engineers’ Museum, Gillingham, focussing on their World War 1 activities.
See comment from the IET retired members Group organiser below.
Captain Cecil Tuff QORWK & his brothers.
The four brothers all served in WW1. Two survived, one lies buried in Malta
and the other is currently recorded as having no known grave.
The General Officers of World War 1 - short talk.
A commentary on John Singer Sargent’s painting.
Military Bridging in the Peninsular War.
A commentary on the work and achievement of the British military engineers.
Originally delivered at the Wellington Congress, Southampton University in 2013.
Hobart’s Funnies: before, then and now
Describing the specialised tanks that came to the fore on D Day
and have remained in use since then and were on active duty in Afghanistan.
A Forgotten Medal for Gallantry
The story of the Albert Medal now superseded by the George Cross.
Lt Ewen MC, 23rd Bn London Regt.
Researching a World War 1 soldier from West Kingsdown killed in action 1918.
Lt Col Sir Richard Fletcher RE
Commanding Royal Engineer in the Peninsular War, his life and times.
Commemorating the 200th anniversary of the founding of what
is now the Royal School of Military Engineering at Chatham in 1812.
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The Royal Engineers Museum - Comment from the IET retired members Group organiser.
I found it fascinating and I know, from comments afterwards, that so
did my members. The Royal Engineers are clearly an outstanding part of the
British army and you demonstrated their skill, achievements
and bravery in an interesting and comprehensive way.
Bailey: the bridge and the man - From Sevenoaks Chronicle
The story of the Bailey Bridge and the man responsible for a wartime design that helped the
allied armies surge through Europe, was told to Probus members by Martin Stoneham
in an illustrated talk that captivated his audience.
The Bailey Bridge was, as Mr Stoneham described, “the original flatpack”. But it could
be put together in half a day, such was the ease of its construction. So durable
was the Bailey Bridge that examples exist today, although the first bridge dated as far back as 1942. Altogether more than 1,500 Bailey Bridges were built across Europe, with
one spanning 4,000 feet over the Rhine.