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Podcast telling the unheard stories of men who served on the Western Front during World War 1. Listen to the stories of soldiers told by Terry Whenham, battlefield guide and researcher. I have been researching these stories for over 20 years and can now share incredible experiences of ordinary men and women. Who were these soldiers? How did they die? What is their legacy? How do we remember them?

Tales from the Battlefields Terry Whenham

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    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

Podcast telling the unheard stories of men who served on the Western Front during World War 1. Listen to the stories of soldiers told by Terry Whenham, battlefield guide and researcher. I have been researching these stories for over 20 years and can now share incredible experiences of ordinary men and women. Who were these soldiers? How did they die? What is their legacy? How do we remember them?

    Dad's Army's Arnold Ridley on the Somme in 1916

    Dad's Army's Arnold Ridley on the Somme in 1916

    In this episode we look at the the experience of one of our national treasures during the summer of 1916. Arnold Ridley played Private Godfrey in Dad's Army for 9 years and 80 episodes. But he was wounded 3 times on the Somme in 1916.Why did he join up? What happened to him on the Somme? How did it affect him for the rest of his life? How did it affect his family? And how Dad's Army changed his life.

    • 54 min
    The Nurses on the Western Front

    The Nurses on the Western Front

    In this episode we tell the stories of the young Edwardian women who gave up their privileged lives to become VAD's on the Western Front. Why did they do this? Where did they go and what did they do? And what horrors did they see? We also explore one terrible night in May 1918 when the Germans bombed a Base Hospital at Etaples.

    • 1 hr
    The Hell of Hooge and the Hooge Crater Cafe/Museum with Niek Benoot

    The Hell of Hooge and the Hooge Crater Cafe/Museum with Niek Benoot

    In this episode we look at what happened at Hooge, on the Menin Road, during the 1st Battle of Ypres and in 1915 when the first ever terrifying flamethrower attack took place, through the eyes of the soldiers who were there. We also talk to the owner of the Hooge Crater Cafe and Museum, who explains what it is like to live and work on the Ypres battlefield 

    • 1 hr 5 min
    A Tour of Tyne Cot Cemetery with Johan De Jonghe

    A Tour of Tyne Cot Cemetery with Johan De Jonghe

    In this episode we are guided around Tyne Cot Cemetery by a Belgian guide who lives on the doorstep of the largest CWGC Cemetery in the world. He tells us about American, Belgian and German burials, as well as the incredible story of a New Zealander who was killed on Christmas Eve1917. We also look at the story of 2 Australians who were awarded the Victoria Cross for their actions close to the cemetery.

    • 51 min
    The Spirits of the Soldiers or Just a Coincidence?

    The Spirits of the Soldiers or Just a Coincidence?

    In this episode we look at some coincidences that I have experienced recently when researching the Great War soldiers. Or are they the spirits of these men drawing us back to them? And we consider a heartbreaking poem written by a war widow. We also talk to Megan Kelleher from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission about her work looking at the commemoration of the dead who are buried in the UK 

    • 52 min
    The Minstrel Boy - The Story of the 27th Northumberland Fusiliers on the 1st Day of the Somme

    The Minstrel Boy - The Story of the 27th Northumberland Fusiliers on the 1st Day of the Somme

    This week we return to the Somme battlefields to discover what happened to the Northumberland Fusiliers on 1st July 1916 on their first day in battle. We tell the story with help from Martin Talbot, who has researched their story, and through the eyes of Captain James Bibby who led his men into action on that day. We also hear from Bibby's Great, Great Grandsons who walked the battlefields with me last month. They are just 9 and 11 years old and give a different prospective to the battle. What did they find on their tour and how has it affected them. 

    • 1 hr 1 min

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Lucky23a ,

Excellent podcast -

I recently listened to the story of the Talbot House, which was fabulous. I stayed there on the night of September 25th, 2016 when I traveled there with my father and my son prior to our visit the following day to the Regina Trench Cemetery. We spent some very special time with my Great Uncle who was killed 100 years prior, the 26th of September 1916. The Talbot House podcast brought back so many memories.

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