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]

Crossing the Bilbao estuary on the world’s oldest Transporter Bridge

A smattering of stories about our recent holiday to Bilbao is what I promised. Here’s the first, about an unusual bridge.

Bilbao sits astride the tidal Nervion River, whose outlet is into the Bay of Biscay. Not far to the north of Bilbao, near the mouth of the river, is the world’s oldest transporter bridge connecting the two towns, Portugalete [left side bank] and Getxo [right side bank].

The bridge has a number of names, Bizkaia Bridge in Basque language, Vizcaya Bridge in Spanish, and commonly known locally as Puente Colgante [“Hanging Bridge”].

Built between 1890 and 1893 by Alberto de Palacio in cooperation with Ferdinand Arnodin. Palacio was a disciple of Gustave Eiffel. During the Spanish civil war the bridge suffered, with the crossbeam being destroyed. It was rebuilt in 1941. In 1998 a modernised gondola was inaugurated, and in 1999 a walkway across the crossbeam.

On 13th July 2006 the bridge was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. We crossed the river on the bridge – price remarkably cheap, just 40 cents. On the Portugalete side are images of other transporter bridges, including three in the UK. Here are our photos of the bridge.


Uncovering the location of WW1 Prisoner of War Camp in Frimley

It’s well known that there was a First World War prisoner of war camp on Frith Hill in Frimley. There are many photos and drawings attesting to the camp. It’s its exact location that’s been lost over time.

It’s taken local military historian, Army veteran, and local resident, Roy Sellstrom BEM considerable research to identify the exact location. Roy spoke about his research in his recent talk on the subject at the Heritage Gallery in Camberley.

I’m delighted to post Roy’s talk here, along with some photos used in his talk. The timing of the article is appropriate as on Sunday 10th September Roy is leading a Frith Hill Trench Walk for Surrey Heath Museum’s Heritage Open Day events programme.

Frith Hill has had many military camps and practice areas during both World Wars. The area was a practice area for trench warfare and the site of a German Prisoner of War camp during the First World War. In the walk, Roy will reveal the earth movements and visual signs that reveal the use
of the area during the war years and the stories and facts from the past.

Come to the RLC Museum evening lecture this evening to hear about an amazing man – Herbert Sulzbach

This evening’s lecture, at the Royal Logistic Corps Museum in Deepcut, by Ainslie Hepburn, is about the fascinating life of Herbert Sulzbach (1894-1985), who fought for Germany in World War 1, and with the British Pioneer Corps in World War 2. He was awarded both the OBE and Grand Cross of the German Federal Republic for his post-war work fostering Anglo-German co-operation.

You can learn more of Herbert Sulzbach and his uplifting story HERE, though I’d recommend coming to the lecture.

Best to arrive at the Museum between 7.0 – 7.15 for pre=lecture tea/coffee/biscuits.

Heritage Open Days in Surrey Heath on Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th September

Excellent work by Surrey Heath Museum for the pleasing improvement in the number, and quality, of Surrey Heath’s Heritage Open Days places and events on 9th and 10th September. Additionally on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th September there’s an opportunity to see behind the scenes of the Museum and be part of the consultation as to how the museum should develop.

To expand the brochure view, click on the upward facing arrow in the right hand corner.

Not Cool Hand Luke, more steady hand Tim

Cool Hand Luke, if you’re confused, is a gritty prison drama film starring Paul Newman. That’s it. Just thought it would make a nice headline.

Now to the steady hand Tim. It’s about milestones, a subject I’ve become a bit boring on over the last few few. Myself and my chum, Reg Davis, have cleaned nine milestones in the borough. We’re now painting them white, with masonry paint. The lettering needs painting in black masonry paint. This has been my job, hence the steady hand Tim.

We’ve completed the refurbishment of 4 milestones. Perhaps you’ve seen us on the A30. We’ve had some lovely conversations, involving me wittering about their history. Here are the four we’ve completed. [Click on images to expand]