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Symphony To A Lost Generation

The world’s first feature-length fully

holographic dramatic production

announces tour dates for 2016.

Forces War Records a

nd our sister

site

Forces Reunited a

re supporting

the company with a donation that

will give under privileged children the

chance to attend the show and see

for themselves what life would have

been like during WW1. These children

would not normally have the chance

to experience a show such as this, so

we’re very happy to help!

Actors and dancers ‘appear’

holographically beside the Vienna

Philharmonic Choir and Lithuanian

State Symphony Orchestra in

young composer Adam Donan’s

epic symphony and drama. Mixing

classical music, dance and archival

film, this is a 3D audio-visual

holographic spectacular. An artistic

depiction of the First World War

covering monumental battles such as

the Somme and Gallipoli as well as

telling personal tradegies, this is the

first time holographic technology has

been used to this scale.

The production is the brainchild of

30 year old Adam Donen, who three

years ago, set about creating a new

form of ‘total art’, fusing technology

with different artforms. With 400

cast members, all appearing in

hologram form, the show would be

difficult to tour, but using technology

means the show can tour across

the world. The first dates have been

released, London 28 - 31 May, Bury

St Edmunds 6 - 8 June, Portsmouth

21 - 22 June, London 8 - 11 July

and Weymouth 10 - 11 August. You

can find out full details and more

information

here.

This is a rare chance to re-discover a contemporary account of a military

conflict which took place a Century ago. “The Agony of Belgium”, written in

1914 by Frank Fox, a war correspondent veteran of the Balkan Wars, precedes

the trench warfare of the Great War. It recounts events that the modern

European mind would probably wish to forget. The bravery and resilience

of the relatively new and untested Belgian Army, following the rejection of

the German Ultimatum by the King, deserves a wider audience. Throughout

this account the courageous and noble qualities of King Albert in the dark

days come to the fore. Whether at the Front as an active Commander-in-

Chief; with his people during Zeppelin raids and artillery bombardments at

Antwerp; declining refuge in France after the retreat from Ostend; or rallying

his troops for rearguard actions his conduct was of the finest.

For these first 4 months of WW1, Fox used a bicycle to travel extensively

(up to 75 miles/day- including an escape from Brussels over the border to

Holland) to the various fronts admiring the determination of “our” Army

against insuperable odds, and lamenting the miseries heaped upon

the populace.

His account of the “frightfulness” of the events in Louvain against the civilian

population- including women and children- and the sacking of cultural

treasures was not at first believed by Officials in Antwerp. However his

reporting of Zeppelin raids helped to arouse public opinion in the United

States. Having been turned over as a spy by civilians to the French cavalry, he

prevailed to produce a unique insight into the ebb and flow of the campaign.

From reporting the use of civilians as human shields at Alost, to suffering the

effects of the final bombardment of Antwerp from which he escaped by boat,

and the turning of the tide after the battle of the Yser, Fox provides vivid

descriptions of a terrible, and little known, conflict.

“A harrowing account of the suffering that Belgium endured from the

German invasion in 1914. Sir Frank Fox charts Belgium’s heroic stand, and the

personal courage of King Albert I that inspired his Army.”

LORD ASTOR of HEVER – British Defence Minister

“As a Belgian citizen, who has lived in two of the martyr-towns, Leuven and

Aarschot, I was stunned by this powerful account of the atrocities of war.

Fox’s reports undoubtedly contributed to the British support of our valiant

King Albert I and his Army”.

Dr. LUDO SCHELLENS – Kasteel Schoonhoven, Aarschot

THE AGONY OF BELGIUM The Invasion of Belgium in WW1; August-December 1914

For further information,

please contact:

Dr Charles Goodson-Wickes

cgw@medarc-limited.co.uk

020 7629 0981

BOOK OF THE MONTH

WHAT’S IN A NAME...

Cornwell

The surname CORNWELL was a locational name “one who came from

CORNWALL”. Variant spellings of the name include CORNUN and

CORNWAILE and early records of the name mention Hugo de CORNUN,

who was recorded in the year 1273 in County Devon. Wauter de CORNWAILE

appears in 1313 in County Somerset. Hereditary surnames appear in Europe

from the 12th century onwards, with the bulk of surnames in England, France

and the rest of Western Europe being formed during the 13th and 14th

centuries. The rich and powerful tended to acquire them earlier than the poor

and they were more quickly adopted in towns than in the countryside.

From their earliest use, surnames were an important aid to the work of

government bureaucracies which needed to distinguish between people of

the same name, so as to accurately record ownership of property and tax and

military obligations.

Surnames fit various categories. There is no more ancient form than the

patronymic, created by placing the given name of the father after the

individual’s given name. Metronymic names came from a mother who was

a widow or heiress in her own right. Occupational names, which identified

an individual by his trade, were easily formed in a society in which it was

common for children to follow in their father’s trade.

SEE WHAT YOUR HERALDRY SCROLL WOULD LOOK LIKE... YOUR NAME The LMS – Patriot Project. Creating the new Royal British Legion endorsed National Memorial Engine

In 2008 a number of rail enthusiasts

set up a charitable company to

build, from scratch, a main line

steam locomotive based on a design

(the Patriot class) built originally in

the 1930s, but which had all been

withdrawn by the end of steam in the

early 1960s.

The purpose of the charity is to

encourage and facilitate knowledge

of the history of the Patriot class

of railway engines, including the

dedication of the class name

in remembrance of the railway

employee casualties of war with

particular reference to the London,

Midland and Scottish Railway and

its constituent companies and

British Railways and its constituent

companies.

We set ourselves a target of 10 years

to complete the locomotive – which

would see it running in 2018. So far

so good, but very quickly it became

clear that this was more than just a

new steam locomotive. The charity

asked its supporters and readers

of Steam Railway magazine what

to name the locomotive – and over

100 names were put forward. After

several rounds of name choices ‘The

Unknown Warrior’ was chosen, with

permission given by The Royal Briish

Legion to use their crest, the new

locomotive is the new Royal British

Legion National Memorial Engine,

carrying on from the spirit after the

Great War.

‘The Unknown Warrior’ is well over

60% complete but funds are still

needed to finish the locomotive so

that it is ready to take a leading part

in the 2018 events commemorating

the 100th anniversary of the end of

The Great War.