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The View From Here - Remembrance Sunday 8th November 2015

The View From Here - Remembrance Sunday 8th November 2015

This week we join the nation in commemorating Remembrance Sunday in memory of those who have given their lives and in support of anyone affected by military service and action.

First hour – Kirsty and Mike from the Surrey History Centre explore artefacts telling the stories of local soldiers who fought in the Great War of 1914-1918. The Surrey History Centre’s project “Surrey in the Great War” has been set up to enable everyone to get involved in discovering the stories of families, community groups, towns, villages, schools and places of work.

Second hour – Roy Selstrom is co-founder of Surrey Heath Veterans and Families Listening Project which was set up to support veterans as they make the transition into ‘Civvy Street’.

Third hour – Brian Smith joins us to consider the Great War poets and others who have written about war. Included will be Wilfred Owens, Rupert Brooke, Siegfried Sassoon, Philip Larkin and Henry Reed.


Rajendra Chhetri

Profound. Surrey History Centre's exploration of artefacts--of local soldiers took me back to my compatriots who were sent tofight the Great War in France. Rustic Nepali Hillmen took their experience to their graves in Flanders and French fields. Not their war but keeping with their oath of the allegiance to the British Crown ,they fought: "every grasp of breath, every drop of blood in my blood vessels, every thought in my head(brain) all for Blighty; for the Britain's honour and glory--Gurkhas Loyalty. Roy's account of soldiers journey brought afresh my observation of Gurkha servicemen and the poems took me back to scenarios of Battlefields in Flanders, France , Mesopotamia and Dardenell--Gallipolli--Gurkhas were deployed in all these fronts as part of the Indian Expeditionary Force. I had for the 100th Anniversary of 1st World War had written a poem which Woking News and Mail kindly printed. --Raj Chhetri.