Last chance to see – Remembering 1916 exhibition

Marking the centenary of the Battles of Verdun and the Somme, the exhibition Remembering 1916 – Life on the Western Front is now in its final week, and entry is free, so this is your last chance to catch it before it closes.    

Hundreds of original items are on display, including two rare issues of The Wipers Times. This satirical newspaper, published by British soldiers to keep their spirits up while in the trenches at Ypres in Belgium, is now the subject of a West End play.

The exhibition also features reconstructions of the trenches and an Edwardian drawing room, British, French and German uniforms, equipment and weaponry, and a German light field wagon,


A specially commissioned painting by aviation artist Alex Hamilton depicts the German flying ace Manfred von Richthofen, known as the Red Baron, swooping on a British fighter plane.

In the fight which followed, Captain Tom Rees was killed and the pilot, Second Lieutenant Lionel Morris, was injured and managed to land the damaged plane, but died later that day. Morris was a pupil at Whitgift School in Croydon, Surrey, where the exhibition is being held.

A replica silver cup, engraved with the name of the British aircraft, is on display at the exhibition, along with extracts from Morris’s diary, and an original copy of the Red Baron’s autobiography.

Von Richthofen, who earned his nickname due to his aristocratic background and the distinctive red triplane he flew, mentioned the battle in his autobiography in 1917, but his triumph was short-lived as he was shot down and killed in April 1918, at the age of 25.

A display of poppies completes the exhibition, in memory of former school pupils and teachers who died during the war.

Remembering 1916 – Life on the Western Front runs until 16 April 2017 at the Whitgift Exhibition Centre, Whitgift School, Croydon. Entry to the exhibition is now free. See website for further details and opening times.






~ by A_A on April 13, 2017.

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