Herbert Sulzbach’s extraordinary life told by Ainslie Hepburn

An enrapt audience listened to Ainslie Hepburn’s talk, at the Royal Logistic Corps Museum, on the extraordinary life of Herbert Sulzbach 1894-1985, (select Google translate).

Herbert Sulzbach was a German Jew who served in the German Army during WW1 and was awarded the Iron Cross Second and First Class. During the 1930s he fled Nazi persecution and settled in England. In 1940 he volunteered for service in the British Army, becoming a Captain in The Pioneer Corps. He was in charge of several Prisoner of War camps, while serving at these camps he began his work actively promoting reconciliation between the two nations, for which he was made an OBE and received the European Cross of Peace.

In her talk, which you can watch below, Ainslie brings to life Sulzbach’s exploits and his contribution Anglo-German relations. Part of Sulzbach’s book With German Guns – Four years on the Western Front, is available on Google, and contains a Memoir by Terence Prittie, in which he ends with this, “Sir Bernard Braine said on Sulzbach’s 80th birthday,’We British and Germans owe more to Herbert Sulzbach than we can ever repay. He led the way in Anglo-German relations.”

Herbert Sulzbach’s medals, in the photo above, are, from the top left to right: Iron Cross 1st Class, Grand Cross of the Order of Merit, Cross of Merit 1st Class of the Order of Merit, Iron Cross 2nd Class, Soldiers Cross of Honour, Order of British Empire, Defence Medal, 1939-45 War Medal, and the European Cross of Peace.

Mrs Rosette Savill’s story told in the Camberley News

Pippa Anderson continues to do her ‘Woodies’ proud. ‘Woodies’ being girls who attended Paddock Wood Finishing School in Lightwater, of which she is one. Pippa is the instigator, along with Gillian Riding of Surrey Heath Museum of the Blue Plaque recently unveiled, on the remaining building of the now closed school.

I feel sure that its Pippa wanting the story behind the blue plaque, commemorating the work of Mrs Rosette Savill, to be told for everyone to read, and ensured the Camberley News & Mail covered the story, see copy of the article below. [Click on image to expand]

‘A Journey through Jazz’ concert of the Band of the Royal Logistic Corps

We were in the audience for the concert by the Band of Royal Logistic Corps Band concert, ‘A Journey through Jazz’, on the 28th September 2017, at the Tela Theatre, Princess Royal Barracks, Deepcut.

The Band’s Director of Music, Maj Lauren Peritz-Watts, requested the audience not to post any videos, to YouTube or Facebook, they may have taken of the concert before the Band had posted their own video. Being a respectful soul I’ve obliged the Band, and waited patiently for them to post their video – shown below.

The Bandmaster, SSgt Jonathan Spencer, spoke to the audience of their privilege to host one of the finest lead trumpet players in the country, Louis Dowdeswell, as guest soloist. Before the video, from the concert, of the Band and Loius Dowdeswell playing ‘Let it Go’, from Disney’s Frozen, here are a few photos of the concert.

It’s a terrific band, and this concert, like all others of their concerts, was hugely entertaining. The guest soloist was an added treat.

Milestone Miscellany Day No.4: Heritage Lottery funded Milepost restoration project

Last Saturday I attended the Annual General Meeting of the Milestone Society.

The meeting was held in the village hall in Long Compton on the A3400 road, not far from Chipping Norton. The location was chosen as the hall is on the former Stratford-upon-Avon to Long Compton Turnpike. It’s on this road the Milestone Society’s National Lottery funded project restored the remaining six mileposts to their functioning state.

The project is called Finding the Way, described in the leaflet below, and a dedicated website HERE. My photo of the village hall and one of the restored mileposts, click on photo to expand.

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Oh, the joy of reading about Carruthers, the Dulcibella, and learning nautical terms

As ever with good novels, there’s a sadness when you come to the end. Nothing more to read. This sadness is leavened by the enjoyment to be had recalling the story, and its characters.

Without giving away the ending to The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers – [Don’t read if you don’t want to know the story], it’s fine to say the book is about two friends, Arthur Davies and Charles Carruthers, on a sailing adventure in the yacht Dulcibella in the shifting sands and shallows behind the German Frisian islands in the North Sea.

Acknowledged to be the prototype for spy novels, it has all the elements of such, patriotism, expert detail, a traitor, a mystery, love interest, and secrets.

The book is currently book of the week at Camberley Library. Being now out of copyright, you can download the book from Project Gutenberg HERE.

The nautical terms in the book, me not being a sailor, I needed to look up were, luff, Rippingille stove, kedging-off, warp, kedge-anchor, and painter. Up to you to investigate, should you want to.

Photo of the week No.36: Bampton Pony Fair, 1959 by Jane Bown

I’m starting the week with a new Photo of the Week. This, No.36, is by Jane Bown, a 1959 photo of Bampton Pony Fair. Appropriately, the Fair , in Bampton, Devon, is this month on the 25th.

A Jane Bown image of Samuel Beckett was photo of the week N0.22. So impressive was that a second one of hers was an obvious choice. This image has honesty, and the observant eye of a journalistic photographer. It’s the juxtaposition of well shod feet contrasting with the humble gate or fence is well observed. A worthy photo of the week, methinks.