Flanders and the Somme – then and now
40 years ago, Ian Everest decided to research his family history and his life hasn’t been the same ever since! I wonder how many of us will echo a similar life experience. As he will explain in the talk, his first piece of research was looking at a Great-Uncle who died in the Great War. Within a few months he was tracking down his grave in Northern France, knowing that he was the first member of his family to do so – a humbling experience. Such is the impact it made on him, he has been back nearly every year since, often taking others who are visiting for the first time. His illustrated talk reflects on his family history experience, some of the significant sites on the Western Front and what can be seen today on the ‘old front line’.
This talk is free to members of Berkshire Family History Society and we request a donation of £5 from non-members. Pre-booking is required, because the meeting link will emailed in advance. Booking ends one day before event.
To join in this branch meeting, you will need a computer device which has a microphone and speakers. Ideally, also a webcam. You also need to be able to access emails from this device. First time users will be asked to download a small piece of software to join the meeting. The meeting link will be emailed to you in advance. Technical help is available for those who need further assistance, please contact bo*****@be******.uk .
Ian’s paternal grandfathers were farm workers as far back as 1841 and probably for generations before. He also worked on farms before attending Agricultural College in the late 1960’s. After further agricultural related work, he had a change of direction in 1987, when he became manager of Newhaven Fort and prepared the scheduled monument for opening to visitors the following year. During 1985 he started researching his family history and this on-going activity has led to the development of these local history talks.