Kelmarsh - History Live! 2014

One of the largest multi-period events in the country, organised by English Heritage.

Held in the grounds of Kelmarsh Hall, Northamptonshire on 19 & 20 July 2014.

Kelmarsh Hall

I attended the History Live! 2014 at Kelmarsh Hall with The Birmingham Pals group.

World War One Armourer Display
On Parade in the arena
On Parade in the Arena
On parade in the arena

As a member of the Infantry Section I took part in the arena displays, working with other re-enactment groups.

I commanded the Pals Infantry section as the RSM, who usually does this, had a neck injury and was unable to perform.

On parade in camp
On parade in the arena
Machine gun crew (Vickers)
Vickers Machine Gun
On parade

In addition to The Pals there were several other Great War re-enactment groups present.  Each one displayed a different aspect of the soldier's life.

The Pals demonstrated the use of the Vickers machine gun.

Firing a SMLE
Casualty Clearing Station

The Medical Section of The Pals set up a Casualty Clearing Station, and displayed medical equipment that would have been used.

They also gave talks about the way the medical teams worked during the war, and the different methods of dealing with casualties.

The talks also illustrated the role of nurses and descriptions of their uniforms.

A new nursing recruit
As always the genuine WW1 Ford Model T ambulance attracted many visitors.

The Tunnellers Section displayed equipment used by soldiers to dig tunnels under the enemy in order to plant mines, and also the mine rescue equipment that would have been used during the first world war.

Other sections displayed items such as kit, arms and weapons.

Mine Rescue
Webley Revolver
Grenades (Mills Bombs)
One of our German soldiers
There were many other groups represented at the Show, ranging from Romans, through Vikings and Victorians, to Second World War.
Each day, as a part of the WW2 display there was a dog-fight between a Spitfire and a german Messerschmitt.

The Sikhs performed an important function in WW1, fighting on the British side - a role that has, until recently, gone unrecognised.

A project by the National Army Museum brought re-enactors together to portray the Sikh soldiers.

On Saturday evening, when the public had left, the British Infantry challenged the Sikhs to a game of cricket.

Not too surprisingly the Sikhs were victorious!

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