“FINDING UNCLE CECIL - and MISSING SID!”
Cecil Mawdsley was an ordinary soldier who died during the horrific battle of the
Somme in 1916 aged just 19. This talk details the hunt for details about him, and
how to research WW1 soldiers where the information exists. The second half of the
talk is a virtual tour in slides of some of the major Somme battle sites & war
cemeteries. Approx 45+ mins.
ORSON WRIGHT - CHAMPION OF THE PEOPLE
Builder Of South Wigston And Most Of Leicester – Including The Grand Hotel! An
amazing "rags to riches" story of a man influential in all areas of Leicester - and the
story of his lasting legacy. From his early roots in Dunton Bassett to his grand houses
in Wigston through his hard work and his vision of the needs of Leicester people.
An amazing rags to riches story. Approx. 1 Hour
STARTING YOUR FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH
How to get started on an “addictive” hobby. How to start from scratch and then a
guide through the various sources available – at local & national archives and using
the Internet. Handout produced of all Internet sites used. Approx 45+ mins.
THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE 1914
The story of the truce starting from the outbreak of WW1 in August 1914, the
recruitment of volunteer soldiers, and the days of entrenchment and life in the
trenches leading up to truce on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 1914. Approx 45+
mins - with sound.
THE ELEPHANT MAN – LEICESTER’S OWN JOSEPH MERRICK
The story of a hectic search for descendants of Joseph’s Grandparents and a DNA
study in to his deformities, and a viewing of part of a TV documentary about the
search. Approx 50 Mins. with sound.
THE BOYS AND GIRLS OF WORLD WAR 1
The stories of the recruitment and lives of the thousands of underage soldiers who
volunteered for action from 1914 to 1916, many of who did not return, and the
volunteer Nurses, the VAD’s that served on the front line. Approx 45-60 mins.