Remembrance Sunday 8 November 2015

Despite a really wet morning the Remembrance Sunday ceremony in Lancaster was very well attended. The first wreath was laid by the Mayor. Thereafter a large number of wreaths were laid by representatives of a great variety of organisations.
 


The march past the Town Hall included these veterans, many of them being members of LMHG
 


Umbrellas up, the ceremony proceeds

                       FUTURE EVENTS

Thursday 19th October 2017 - Annual Dinner                                         

7.00 for 7.30

at Lancaster Golf Club. Guest speaker: Chris Donnelly, formerly a Special Advisor for Central and Eastern European Affairs to the Secretary General 0f NATO, Lord Robertson.

Booking: Robin Ashcroft (robin.ashcroft7@icloud.com)  or

                 Pauline Elliott (pzenaelliott@aol.com) 

 

If you are interested in any of our events contact us and become a member.

 

 

PAST EVENTS

 

June 2017 - Armed Forces Day

 Armed Forces Day was celebrated inside Lancaster Castle on June 24; in Morecambe on June 25. Aspects of the Armed Forces were depicted with a special feature this year, the centenary of the formation of the WRNS, and a spotlight also placed on the Cadet forces. The AFD raffle raised some £2,500 for the two Service Charities supported; Combat Stress & BLESMA. 

 

 

 

May 2017 - AGM & Lecture 

 

 Our AGM was held in the Westfield War Memorial Village in Lancaster. After over 7 years as chairman Captain John Lean RN relinquished the post, and in his place Colonel Robin Jackson was elected. 

      Following the AGM Robin Ashcroft gave a lecture on Soldiers on Mount Everest, largely based upon his personal experiences. His talk which was greatly enjoyed included how breathing apparatus and other mountaineers' equipment has evolved over the years and made the interesting comment that an extra pound's weight of the boots was equivalent to an extra 5 lbs on the back.

April 2017 - Lecture  

 

 Professor Eric Grove gave us a lecture on the WW1 Unrestricted U-boat campaign which started in 1917.  This was held in the University of Cumbria campus, Bowerham, in Lancaster and about 100 attended. He not only promised but also delivered a fresh look at the campaign and provided overwhelming evidence that the shortage of stocks of food in this country caused by the U-boats was not as severe as thought or indeed anything like German expectations - unlike during WW2.

January 2017 - Lecture  

 

 “British Forces on the Eastern Front – a footnote to World War One” was the subject of an intriguing talk by Professor Michael Hughes, head of history at Lancaster University.

Prof Hughes, a diplomatic historian, has studied Russia's great war and revolution and currently is working on a project asking whether the Eastern Front is forgotten.

He talked about Britain's attempt to keep Russia in the war and the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II as Emperor, both in 1917.

He picked out four Britons for their important contributions in the war:

·       Sir George Buchanan, Ambassador to Russia

·       Major General Sir John Hanbury-Williams, head of the military mission

·       General Sir Alfred Knox, Military Attaché in Russia and

·       Commander Oliver Locker-Lampson, naval officer and MP

Prof Hughes also covered the attempted military coup d'etat by General Lavr Kornilov, commander-in-chief of the Russian Army, against the Russian provincial government, headed by Alexander Kerensky, whose grandson Steve lives in Morecambe.


 

13 December 2016 - Carol Service in the Priory Church Lancaster.  

A congregation of over 200 attended LMHG's annual carol service, held in the magnificent location of the Priory Church by kind permission of the Rev Chris Newlands. Cadets from all 3 Services attended and very much participated in the Service.

November 2016 - LAUNCH OF "GREAT WAR LANCASTER "   

The public launch of this major WWI Commemoration project took place in Lancaster Library.

If you missed it, we invite you to experience this unique Lancaster University project, supported by Lancaster Military Heritage Group and made possible by the Heritage Lottery Fund by logging onto http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/greatwar

Within that website the following are involved:

Lancaster War Memorials - records details of war memorials in the Lancaster District and provides details about the 2,700 plus men and women recorded;

Streets of Mourning - provides details of the over 1,000 "Men of Lancaster" killed in WWI. These can be investigated through a map-based interface that allows you to find details by street, by school, and by employer.

Lancaster in the Great War: Community Stories - takes stories and memories of Lancaster in WWI. It draws on a combination of the Lancaster War Memorials material and the research, memories and artefacts donated by the general public.

The Great War Trail - A self-guided walking tour of Lancaster in WWI that can be downloaded to your smart-phone or similar device.

Note  Schools & Colleges can obtain assistance with use of this resource by emailing lmhg@live.com

 

This launch featured in the BBC North West news on 11 November. The report was very favourable.

 November 2016 - LECTURE.

Hosted and staged by the History Department of Lancaster University as one of the series of joint lectures with LMHG commemorating the centenary of WWI, Professor Adrian Gregory of Oxford University gave a talk  examining the linkages between the local and the global during the First World War. He considered in particular  four medium size cities, Oxford, Halifax (Nova Scotia), Jerusalem and Verdun and looked at the ways that each of them embodied and illustrated different aspects of a genuinely global conflict. 

 October 2016 - LECTURE.

Chris Robson entertained us with a highly informative lecture  on The Border Rievers and Anglo-Scottish warfare. We were reminded that living where we do was not so safe some centuries ago.

June/ July 2016

Linked to Armed Forces Day three performances related to WWI were laid on:

    A film on Life on the Home Front in the North West.

    A monologue "Searching for Malcolm", which proved to be very moving.

    The Imperial War Museum film "Battle of the Somme" which was screened at the        Duke's Theatre and preceded by a talk from Peter Donnelly.

ARMED FORCES DAY 25/26 JUNE 2016 

LMHG arranged the 2016 commemoration of Armed Forces Day in Lancaster Castle, and assisted with the commemoration the following day in Morecambe. 

See the News / Newsletters/ NL 63 tab above for details and photographs.

May 2016 - AGM & LECTURE

Following the AGM which was held in the Westfield War Memorial Village, Commander Nick Soul RN gave us a talk on the Joint Helicopter Command, thus updating us on the inter-service co-operation which now exists over helicopter operations.  He spoke and showed photographs of his own flying operations in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

March 2016 - ANNUAL DINNER

Dr Julian Lewis MP PC, chairman of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee, was our guest of honour at our dinner in the Lancaster Golf Club. As to be expected he spoke brilliantly and his every word was listened to.

Note:   It is hoped that the above list demonstrates the breadth of our events and may encourage readers to join us as members.

 

 

 

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