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Friday Night Extra 9.11.18 WW1 special with guest local historian Robert Fletcher


Ingatestone historian Robert joined us tonight and gave a fascinating insight into how WW1 impacted the community in Ingatestone. Over 300 local men went to fight of which 77 did not return. The oldest was aged 52 years and the youngest just 19 years of age. There were four local large houses requisitioned as Auxiliary Hospitals. 150 local women were involved with these hospitals, either as nurses, or making bandages or with general support duties. Over sixty boys were recruited to group that did odd jobs in the community. There was a ‘bomb school’ in the village. Men we taught how to fire grenades in the building that is now the Community Club. There were trenches dug on Mill Green and battles were practiced. All this in one small Essex village. There must have been major impact everywhere around the country in all communities. Rene was amongst others who e-mailed in thanking Robert for coming into the station and sharing all this information.

We spoke on the phone to Chris Bylett from Buckden in Cambridgeshire. He recorded a song ‘Lay your heads down’ which has been used for a number of years in his local church on Remembrance Sunday. There is a version available on YouTube that has been picked up by a Canadian broadcaster that has added appropriateĀ  footage of Canadians in World War One. A number of listeners commented positively about the recording of the song. https://globalnews.ca/video/4641722keep-your-heads-down-a-musical-tribute-to-the-soldiers-wh0-fought-and-died-in-the-great-war

We remembered the birthday of Tom Fogerty from Creedence Clearwater Revival, 77 years old today.

Our feature chart was this week in 1980. This included Air Supply. In UK they are a ‘one hit wonder’. However, in the USA they had eight top ten hits in the 1980s. Formed in Australia in 1975, they are still performing there today. In 2013 they were inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association Hall of Fame.

Tonight’s playlist

Jack Savoretti – With a soldier’s eye

Pack up your troubles with your old kit bag

John McCormack – Keep the home fire burning

Fairport Convention – John Condon – requested by Jackie

Elaine Page – Memory – requested by Phyl and by Patrick

Emerson, lake & Palmer – Fanfare for a common man

Eliza Doolittle – Pack up

Donovan – Universal soldier

Chris Bylett and the Buckden Boys – Keep your head down

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Green River, Proud Mary

Chart from this week in 1980

No 1 Bondie – The tide is high

No 5 David Bowie – Fame

No 19 Air Supply – All out of love

No 8 – Orchestral Maneuvers in the dark – Enola Gay

Barry McGuire – Eve of destruction

Dire Straights – Walk of life – requested by Adrian.

Join me next week when my guest is the Bishop of Bradwell.

 

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