On the 5th August, I along with Cadet Warrant Officer Hardy and Sergeant ATC Clee, visited Freemans Holt in Aylestone for the unveiling of their WW1 exhibition.
We got to the residency at 9:00AM we began by assisting in the car parking of visitors. After that we made our way into the in exhibition where there was a range of old WW1 Weapons on show and a variety of personal information of family member’s military accounts which were put together on a large exhibition to help portray and explain what life was like during the great war of 1914-1918. During the day we sat through a variety of talks by Colonel Martin and Dr Simon who spoke about the research they had undertaken on myths about what did happen during the war and what did not (the Christmas Truce). Personal stories of family members experiences during WW1 and how to trace ancestry and their participation in WW1.
After a free lunch catered by the manager of the day, the visitors reassembled in the exhibition room for a minute silence to reflect on the fallen of WW1. After the Silence we had the opportunity to speak to residents, and they extremely impressed by the bearing and smartness of the cadets and staff which they saw that day and mentioned that by having cadets in uniform there enabled them to see what the young boys who would have signed up for the armed forces during ww1 would have looked like.
‘It was an interesting day, I learnt a lot and I am thankful for the opportunity to attend this event’.
This wasn’t all that Wigston did though. The weekend previous saw 1461 take part in two separate ceremonies/parades in Wigston and Croft to also pay their respects to the fallen of WW1!
CWO M Henson