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Pickering 1940s

The final event of the year with the group based in the castle grounds and use of the education room. Friday saw the arrival of Sgt Hebden, Pte Cooper, Cpl Heaton, Pte Eaton and Pte Pozniak.

It was usually mild for the time of the year and a pleasant time was had in some of the water holes of the town. 

Saturday morning and still mild when Pte Roberts, ATS Mellor, Pte Etherington, Pte Sprague and Cpl Lycett turned up with ATS Dennis in support. The training scenario involved not one but two snipers with Pte Cooper's Oscar deserving casualty performance stealing the show! 

Saturday evening and those still around stepped out in various outfits conversing with familiar faces and friendly locals. 

Sunday and the temperature still in the high teens with the addition of Pte Shellcock, the group went through the same routine of welcoming visitors and reenacting and a new addition, the Key Parade for Pickering Castle. Nice to see the same young faces who make a point of visiting us every year. We must make a good impression. It was a really enjoyable and successful event that concludes the 2017 season.  

Pte Glen Cooper 

Victory Show 8-10 Sept 2017

Hi folks, it's been asked of me to write a few lines on the Victory show, so this is a Grandads point of view!

It's been on the cards for a few months that several groups would join together for this event and show British 3rd Division 44'45 in their glory. Luckily for us no re-badging involved. 

So, I arrived on Friday, all excited for my first event of the year. Some lads already in and others arriving throughout the day. Numbers were well up for the East Yorks as everyone was expecting it to be a good show. 

We all messed around with the trenches a bit and soon realised the organisers had given us only half the area needed....a great shame. It turned out we would field around 50 men between the groups. 

The atmosphere was good and moral very high. It was decided by the big wigs we would alternate sections to the pits, one hour on and two off. So on Saturday and Sunday this is what happened and it worked very well. 

The weather was only 'OK'...... On the Saturday morning the show announced cancellation of the air display due to weather conditions. This was very disappointing for us but more so for Joe Public who were, it appears, charged full whack. This affected the footfall no doubt, as much as the bad weather forecast. 

 We all thought the public were thinner on the ground this year as was armour and some other groups were missing. Made obvious by large gaps in the display field which we could have used well if we'd been given some more space. 

Many of us have attended other events with very few Brits so it was great to see this turned around at this event and have a big contingent of Brits. I felt very proud. 

I feel because we do it right more and more people see this and are coming our way, which is great. 

It was really nice to see so many old faces and with such a good turnout we were able to fill positions we often can't due to numbers. So special thanks should go to these men; Phil, Dave, Al, Bob and more - great to see you. Nice to see Chris Bell all the way from Canada and the Tigers who have been in this show since the start. 

The battle went well for us again both days. Well commanded sections working together and doing it right. I watched the battle myself on Sunday and I thought it would be rubbish but you know what, guys it was really good. Even though, the organiser had thrown in a Rambo that no one knew about! Cpl Heaton handled this very well indeed. 

Generally the feeling was that we had all enjoyed ourselves. We did a good representation. We handled the events problems well. We were pleased to work with other units. 

For us, it all worked and went well. Thanks to all concerned;
East Yorks 
Officers and NCOs
And if I missed anyone I'm really sorry. 

I hope we can repeat this someday 

Pte Etherington 

York Army Museum Military Memorabilia Road Show

The East Yorkshire Living History Group maintains close links with the York Army Museum and over the years we have supported them at a number of their events in the heart of York. These events are always very rewarding, with large numbers of people who might never visit a living history event interacting with the group. On Saturday 12th August, whilst most of the group were representing the regiment at Spetchley, myself and Pte Dixon set up a small weapons and kit display outside the main entrance of the museum in conjunction with their Military Memorabilia Roadshow. This free event encouraged people to bring in their military objects for appraisal by experts, with free entry to the museum, we were there to add an extra dimension to the day and help draw visitors into the museum itself.

As expected the day was a busy one, people were coming up to us as we were setting up and a full hour before the roadshow was due to start. The day was thoroughly enjoyable with many interesting questions posed by the public, as well as many ex-servicemen and women stopping by for a chat a chance to reminisce- some common themes came out: they all loved the Bren and hated the Sten! The highlights of the day included one gentleman who had brought an original D-Day invasion jerkin that he allowed Pte Dixon to model, to those of us who are ‘kit anoraks’ this was a rare opportunity to examine something most will only see in replica form.

However for me the memory that will stay with me for many years to come was the chance to speak to a veteran from the 2nd Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment who had been amongst the first wave to land on D-Day. This gentleman, now 94, had joined the regiment at 14 in 1938 and served throughout the war. He had brought with him a folder containing copies of the War Diaries relating to D-Day and a map of the invasion, it was very humbling to hear him explain what had actually happened and to point to the route inland he took on the map. These sort of opportunities are rare indeed today with so few veterans left alive so it was a very special half hour.

The day ended around 4pm and the museum had reported that an unprecedented number of visitors had been inside, we certainly saw a lot of people at our display. These events are a great opportunity to bring a small piece of our history to life and to reach an audience who would never normally take an interest in the Second World War, indeed one young American couple stayed and chatted for over forty minutes and we seemed very popular with a number of Chinese tourists!

Plus we received a piece in the local newspaper! read it here

PTE Hallett

Spetchley Park

Friday evening me and PTE Heaton set off to our event at Spetchley Park Gardens in Worchester. It was a clear run all the way down, done in just over two hours. Thankfully SGT Hebden had taken the 14 man tent down for us and the rest of he unit had helped to set up, so we could just put beds in.

We met up with the unit under the shelter half and enjoyed a few beers while catching up, then down to the beer tent. They had the "pub" again this year, a small trailer fashioned in to a 40s pub, selling draft Ale and at £3 a pint is cheap for these events.

Saturday morning came, everyone set up the "Camp Display" with PTE Haycock RAMC joining us with his medical display,  then we waited for first parade, SGT Hebden picked out the ones who where letting the unit down and made them shave! This included me.

After some football, I took PTEs  Roberts, Klejnow & Heaton for foot drill, PTE Klejnow had injured his wrist and couldn't manage rifle drill, this worked out well though as we managed to perfect the halt, about turn on the march & officer on parade while falling out.

ATS Mellor made us lunch, an all in stew with bread, and cake for afterwards.

We took part in the set piece battle, our part was small but nice to join in, we got plenty of nice comments from the public, and lots of good feedback from the other reenactors.

The final parade took place late afternoon, where all periods of history gather, from vikings to us, to show respect for each other.

Saturday night we again attended the pub, we had worked up a thirst through the day....

We watched the meteor shower from the tables outside, and then walked back to camp for a better view.

Sunday was again the same setup, but this time we played some cricket, CPL Lycett showed us his skills at bowling, going to the same private school as Jeffry Boycott pays off! We had to stop playing in the end, as we kept hitting PTE Pozniak's radio set up and knocking the news off..

The battle was better this time, we showed how British infantry tactics worked while moving up the fields in bounds, then cleared out the Germans of their position, and going in to all round defence while others checked for intelligence.

Again ATS Mellor with the help of PTE Hancock, made us lunch, this time a stew with a nice curry kick....

The parade finale came at 15.30 pm. As per the Saturday and unlike everybody else we did this properly in 'parade style' with just best belts soft caps and lanyards.  It was rather nice to  pick up a compliment from one of the public as we marched along in formation and to attention and with arms swinging when we heard someone say: 'At last, someone who can actually march!' This marked the end of the weekend for us.

Really enjoyable multi period event in a beautiful setting.

Persons in attending

SGT Hebden, CPL Lycett, CPL Heaton, ATS Mellor, PTEs Heaton, Klejnow, Pozniak, Hancock, Haycock & Roberts 

CPL Heaton. 

Pateley Bridge 1940s Weekend 29th & 30th July 2017

It started raining well before we set off on the Friday evening giving a sense of foreboding of what was to come over the weekend. In the end it was a very enjoyable weekend.

Arriving at about 7.30 at the show ground to which we had been relocated, we were lucky to find that the rain had stopped. This gave us time to get the 14 man tent up in the dry. Between the many helpers it took about 10 minutes. Something of a record I think and we managed it just before the heavens opened again. With low lying clouds over the hills and mist in the low lying areas it was a damp evening. It was thought necessary to retreat to a nearby hostelry, just for the benefit of comfort purposes of course. It rained heavily throughout Friday night and early Saturday morning but had just about stopped when we arose. The day gradually brightened up as it wore on. 

The theme of our display was a previously tried ‘Company HQ’ set up. With a NAAFI wireless playing period music and news reports etc. and even an episode of ITMA in the shelter half, along with Morse Code coming from Bill’s radio set placed elsewhere in the display, a period atmosphere and effect was created. This was further enhanced with the use of some period cricket equipment for a knockabout from time to time  and a ‘Harry Seacombe-esque’ performance of speed shaving by Adam as shave-or with a cut throat razor and me as the victim/shave-ee. Lunch was communal with an ‘all in stew’ which was much photographed by the public as is always the case. Saturday night was a pleasant repeat of Friday night but with a different justification for a visit to two local hostelries. Friday had been about keeping dry and drinking beer. Saturday was just about drinking beer!

Sunday dawned nicer that Saturday. It was pretty much a repeat of Saturday though breakfast was communal this time with SPAM Sandwiches being rustled up by Adam (very nice indeed). After a torrential downpour just before lunch time, the sun came out and it was glorious all afternoon.

Both days we had much attention from the public and the displays of compo rations, what a soldier wears, carries and why, along with the display of small arms went well. Both days we had lengthy visit from representatives of the local constabulary’s armed response squad but fortunately they were social visits. Nothing about deactivation certificate checking and all about interest on what we had on display. On both days the STEN was of great interest to them.    

This was the second year we have done this event and it was much better for being on the actual showground itself rather than a random field as was last year, not least because there were proper toilet facilities, but also because the ground  is well drained and it did not turn to a quagmire with the quite substantial rain we saw over the weekend. I can see this event growing in popularity if the organisers keep with it.

All in all another very enjoyable weekend with a decent turnout of familiar and welcome faces.

Report by: Private Dale Heaton.