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Buy your tickets for ‘Nellie’ and ‘Your Loving Brother Albert’

Great War MKAt Radcliffe School, Wolverton

Performances: 7.30pm on Wednesday 12th, Thursday 13th, Friday 14th and Saturday 15th November and matinee at 2.30pm on Saturday 15th November.

Tickets £12 & £10 (concessions) please book here:  http://eventsmk.ticketsource.co.uk/

“Your Loving Brother Albert” – Albert Edward Mortlock French, born on 22 June 1899 in New Bradwell, lived at 60 Young Street in Wolverton with his father, sister Mabel (May) and brothers George and Will. Albert was engaged as an apprentice fitter in the Bogey Shop at the Wolverton Railway Works on 4 July 1913.His record card from Wolverton Works is marked ‘Left without Notice’ on 16 October 1915. Despite being only 16, Albert had joined up ‘to do his bit’ for the war effort. He had a sense of adventure, like hundreds of others from Wolverton Works. He was killed in action on 15 June 1916, a week before his 17th birthday. He was part of a working party sandbagging a trench which was attacked by enemy machine-gun fire. He had been hit in the chest by four machine-gun bullets. Personal letters to his father from his Captain and the Chaplain tell of a fine young man, who served with pride and was an asset to his regiment. The letters were a chance discovery, in 1975, bundled among the belongings of his sister May after her death. Roger Kitchen, a co-founder of Living Archive MK, conducted interviews with the family and many others who remembered the Great War period

“Nellie” – Nellie Abbey nee Smith died in 1982. She was a remarkable woman, best known for organising the huge Whitsun Hospital Fetes in New Bradwell. She was not only a good organiser, but a person of great creativity, musical talent, boundless energy and fun who gave a life of service to her local community.

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Explore the remembrance of WW1 on the BBC – resources, programmes and events

WW1 on the BBChttp://www.bbc.co.uk/history/0/ww1/

The BBC have commissioned documentaries, research and drama to commemorate the Great War via the link above you can find their ‘Count Down to War’ Timeline, information about the men who signed up for WW1, clips of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge ‘planting’ ceramic poppies at the Tower of London and this series looking at the stories of International Soldiers (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0239rlx)

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Lights Out

14-18 Now – Lights Out event – be part of a National commemoration of the declaration of War by Britain.

Taking inspiration from this quote from Sir Edward Grey, British Foreign Secretary: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime”, everyone in the UK is invited to turn their lights out from 10pm – 11pm leaving on a single light or candle to mark the moment the UK entered the First World War, one hundred years ago.