Please see "Venue" for details of the times and where we meet.

We are happy to have visitors at any of our meetings.

 
 
2020
 

ALL face to face meetings until at least January 2021 have been cancelled due to the continuing precautions against the Covid-19 spread. We are planning to use Zoom to have branch meetings on the internet.  Our next Zoom meeting will be:

Friday 9th October:  Brig Gen Gordon Shephard - the man who never was?  Trevor Adams
 
Gordon Shephard was the most senior RFC/RAF officer to be killed in WWI.  Though the CWGC record gives his medals and his family details, it omits all information on his past dealings, gun-running with Erskine Childers taking German guns into Ireland, then part of the UK.  Was this old Etonian the real-life hero of The Riddle of the Sands, Childers wonderful spy and sailing novel?  What was the connection with Wales?  All will be revealed!
 

Trevor started off his professional life as a research chemist and ended up as a lawyer, working in major London law firms. After moving to Wales, he taught at the Law College in Christleton, near Chester, teaching students for the Law Society’s solicitor exams. He is editor of the North Wales WFA branch newsletter, and runs websites for both North Wales WFA and for our branch.

His interest in WWI stems from his grandfather being fatally wounded serving with the 36th Ulster Division at the Battle of the Somme. He has been trying to understand WWI for the last 30 years, more recently including the often-overlooked Irish dimension. His only claim to history academia is having a school friend who ended up as a history professor!

 
Friday 14th November:  Rob Thompson - title to be confirmed
 
Friday 11th December: John Crowther - "Just names on a memorial?"

John will talk about the twelve names on the war memorial in Heswall Methodist church, and what recent research was able to undercover about them and their families for the centenary Remembrance Day service in 2018.

If you do not already receive emails from Ralph about Branch meetings (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and the newsletter, please email him to add you to the list.  If all goes to plan, he will email you a few days before the meeting with the details of how to access the Zoom meeting on the 11th September.