WW1 100 Years

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Category
Galleries and Exhibitions
Date
2018-11-10 10:00
Venue
East Boldre Village Hall - East Boldre, Brockenhurst SO42 7WD
Telephone
01590626368
Email
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Contact Person
Gina Antczak
First Line of Venue Address
East Boldre
Town
Brockenhurst
Postcode
SO42 7WD

EARLY PIONEERING FLIGHT AND  HIDDEN HISTORY OF WW1 IN THE NEW FOREST

Exhibition 10 & 11 Nov East Boldre Village Hall

Walk round the New Forest today and you wouldn’t have any inkling of just how much the Great War impacted on this rural beauty spot. Most people living here have no idea of this important military history on their doorstep. In 1910, one of the first flying schools in the world was set up in East Boldre. It lasted only until 1912 but hot on its foot came the arrival of the Royal Flying Corp (RFC) who took over its airfield and remaining sheds. The RFC cleared the heathland, erected massive buildings and soon outnumbered the astounded villagers by three to one. They flew their machines into trees, knocked off chimney pots and even landed on the Post Office roof. Sadly, 46 young pilots died. The RFC became the Royal Air Force (RAF) 100 years ago in 1918, but in 1920, RAF Beaulieu closed, the buildings were removed and the heath restored to grazing by New Forest ponies. All that remains is a broken chimney pot and the Officers’ Mess, now the East Boldre Village Hall, from where you can only imagine those magnificent, brave men in their flying machines.

  • Hundreds of WW1 photographs, including new additions to the exhibition 
  • The National Park Authority’s mobile WW1 exhibition
  • Themed works, cards, etc, from East Boldre Painters
  • Books on New Forest airfields
  • Refreshments 
  • Entertainment
  • Free entry

At East Boldre Village Hall, SO42 7WD

www.eastboldre.org

 
 

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  • 2018-11-10 10:00

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