World War 1 History

Group Leader Telephone Venue Frequency Day Time
Chris Close
0115 937 2032 Methodist Hall Monthly
Ist Monday

About the Group

Members present, listen or watch, or simply chat about, many aspects of World War 1: its causes, its songs and poetry, its battles, land, sea and air and the history and development of those arms.

Subjects have included War Poetry, Gallipoli, the war at sea and in the air (Albert Ball), the Tunnellers’ War, the Mutiny at Etaples, the last days of WW1 and we have indulged more personal stories and interests with settings varying from the Western Front to Keyworth, to Gallipoli. Films watched, discussed or envisaged include Oh What a Lovely War, All Quiet on the Western Front, Paths of Glory.  Occasional sorties have included the Imperial War Museum and the Theatre Royal [Journey’s End]. 

Chris Close,  July 2013

WW1 Commemorating Conflict Saturday 17th November 2018
11.00am to 4.00pm Centenary Lounge Keyworth Village Hall

Some remarkable research underpinned our contributions to this event held to mark the Armistice Day Centenary. The contributions included poetry and songs, artefacts and posters and a powerpoint presentation of the background and aftermath of Armistice which can be viewed below.

Part 1  How the Armistice Came About (slides 1 - 34)
Part 2 The Armistice and the Last 100 Years (slides 35 - 79)
Part 3  Remembrance (slides 80 - 161)

Use the arrows bottom left to move to the next or previous slide at your own pace. Alternatively between these arrows is the play / pause slideshow button which gives 5 seconds per slide.  To go to a particular slide number click on the down arrow.

commemorating conflict

To print the poster click here.


WW1 Centenary Recital 4th August 2014 - An Anthology of Members Poems and Readings

On the 4th August 1914 Britain declared war on Germany and the World was plunged into World War I, which was to last until November 1918. To mark the centenary of this event the World War I History Group gathered at the Memorial Gates to the Rectory Field on the 4th August  this year and members recited poems or contributed readings, some of which were dedicated to relatives or local residents who gave their lives in this “War to end all wars”. 

An anthology has been compiled and can be read in the panel below.  To scroll down and up, left-mouse-click in the panel and use the down and up keyboard arrows, to go forward or backwards one page use the right and left keyboard arrows.  If the document does not appear in the panel below (e.g. with some versions of Internet Explorer) it can be downloaded and read using this link: Anthology PDF.

Tower of London Poppies 2014

Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red.  Photographs by Tony Broadbent 16th October 2014.

 If you cannot see the slideshow below the photographs can be viewed on Flickr using this link: Poppies on Flickr.

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