A little about our Podcast
A monthly podcast from the Herefordshire Light Infantry Museum. Hosted by Colonel Andy Taylor (Honorary Curator) and Rev Paul Roberts. Stroll with us around the highways and byways of Herefordshire while we explore the story of our regiment and county in war and peace. Special guests, featured items from the museum's collection and highlights from the lives of those who served from our beautiful county... and a pint (or two) of good ale as well!
The attached snap enables you to put a face to the names! Colonel Andy Taylor and the Reverend Paul Roberts record a podcast in the Museum.
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Listen here for an introduction to our Podcast titled - Just A Walk In The Sun
The Herefords' first 24 hours at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli
Colonel Andy Taylor and Rev Paul Roberts reconvene after the summer break, on the hottest day of the year, to follow in the footsteps of the Herefordshire Regiment at Gallipoli. The Suvla Bay landings on 9th August 1915 were fraught with confusion, frustration and missed opportunities.
Find out in this podcast how the Herefordshire men coped with being landed at the wrong place, with inadequate maps and water supplies, and with very sketchy orders. Our pair look through eyewitness accounts of those first 24 hours and discuss the background of the campaign as well as reasons for the failure of the landings.
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Cadet Coronation Review Special Episode
Join the podcast team on Castle Green in Hereford for an episode recorded at the Cadet Coronation Review for Herefordshire on 17th June 2023. Hear the sounds of a Hawker Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and over two hundred sea, army and air cadets from across the county on parade, reviewed by the Lord Lieutenant for Herefordshire, Mr Edward Harley.
Colonel Andy Taylor our Curator and Trustee Revd Paul Roberts explore the museum display put on for the event - a collection of medal groups containing Coronation and Jubilee Medals from 1887 to the present day. They explore the evolution of the early medals, controversies over the methods for allocation over the years and the lives and service of some of the recipients.
Notable groups are those of Ken Steen, the Medical Officer of 5th Battalion, Light Infantry (V) and later Herefordshire Army Cadet Force who received the 1977 Jubilee Medal and Company Sergeant Major Jack Greenhouse who served through North West Europe 1944-45 with the 1st Herefords and was later RSMI of the Herefordshire Army Cadet Force. Jack received the 1953 Coronation Medal.
A walk over to the armoury: the evolution of the rifle
The county Volunteers were known to be excellent shots, winning competitions at Wimbledon and later Bisley. In this episode we take a deep dive into the history of the soldier’s main implement, the rifle – from the 1853 pattern musket, through the Snider Enfield rifle that would have been familiar to the first Herefordshire Rifle Volunteers. Assistant Curator Danny Rees, Curator Colonel Andy Taylor and Trustee, Rev Paul Roberts go on to explore the Martini Henry, Lee Metfield and Lee Enfield rifles used in the Boer War and First World War.
A number of different rifles were issued to Hereford Territorials owing to weapons shortages at the outbreak of war. Andy shares with us the unusual way the Museum obtained its 1915 Mark III Short Magazine Lee-Enfield (SMLE).
Danny tells us all sorts of things about the Bren gun that we didn't know along with other Second World War weaponry, including strange items used by the Home Guard and Home Guard Auxiliaries. We come into living memory with the arrival of the Self-Loading Rifle (SLR) used during the Cold War; an example of which the museum hopes to secure for its modern display. We finish off with the SA80 weapon system.
Walking in the footsteps of the Herefords at Mount Kemmel in Belgium
The podcast goes international in this delayed episode of Just A Walk In the Sun. Trustee Rev Paul Roberts and special guest, David Chambers travel to Belgium to explore the role played by the 1st Herefordshire Regiment in France in August and September 1918.
Donning their walking shoes they walk up to the lofty heights of Mount Kemmel (or Kemmelberg as it is known today), the scene of bloody and bitter fighting in April 1918 and recapture by the 34th Division, including the Herefords, at the beginning of the Hundred Days Offensive which eventually ended the war.
Our battlefield tourers mull over remembrance and visiting battlefields accompanied by one or two (rather strong) Belgian beers in the famous city of Ypres (or Ieper).
Peculiarities, Anomalies and Posers in the Museum Collection
In this month's episode, Andy Taylor and Paul Roberts are joined by Assistant Curator and all round expert, Danny Rees to explore some of the mysteries, unanswered questions and anomalies among the museum's collection and men from the Regiment. From everything to confusing first names, unofficially altered shoulder titles to the perennial confusion between "Herefordshire" and "Hertfordshire." (With not a hurricane in sight...!).
Safely within the walls of the Regimental Museum, we also explore three generations of Hereford men with the same same - Peter Broome-Giles, and the challenge this seems to have posed to the medal issuing authorities. We also hear a little more about the Regiment's most decorated soldier - Lieutenant Colonel W F Chipp DSO MC. How did he earn his Second World War medals around the fall of Singapore?
Finally we explain how you can help the museum - for less than the price of a cup of coffee - by becoming a Friend or Patreon supporter. Every penny counts when it comes to preserving the fascinating history of this solely Territorial unit from Herefordshire, in the Welsh Marches.
Just a Moth-Eaten Rag and other Leominster Stories
This month's episode finds Col Andy Taylor and Rev Paul Roberts taking a walk around the highways and byways of Herefordshire market town, Leominster. They start at the railway station exploring the story of the breakfast stop over for the a party of the 1st Herefordshire Regiment returning the Regimental Colours to Hereford at the end of the First World War. Enjoy Andy trying (and eventually succeeding) to remember Sir Edmund Hamley's famous poem about Regimental Colours "A Moth-Eaten Rag"; the role colours continue to play in our army and the consecration of unique colours for the Hereford & Worcester Army Cadet Force in 2015.
They then explore Etnam Street and Grange Court - built by the King's Carpenter, John Abel and on the way try to solve the mystery of George Greenhouse's medals. A little bit more walking takes our intrepid pair to New Street, site of the former Borough Gaol, turned Drill Hall and the replacement Drill Hall built in 1962, shortly before the end of the Herefordshire Light Intantry (TA).
Finally, in the surroundings of Leominster Priory, they discuss the wartime service of former Leominster Vicar, Revd Robert Gillenders MC - army chaplain to Wilfred Owen of the 2nd Manchesters and Military Cross winner.
To slake their thirst our duo retire to the Chequers on Etnam Street for a well-deserved pint and a look forward to some of other fascinating stories that Leominster has to tell when they take Just another Walk in the Sun.
Rotherwas and DORA
This month's episode finds Col Andy Taylor and Rev Paul Roberts in the grounds of St Michael's and All Angels' Church, Bodenham at the grave of William Garland, who died on 27th July 1942. Further research shows that, this Great War veteran died in the bombing of the Rotherwas Ordnance Factory, on the south-east outskirts of Hereford.
Our intrepid pair visit the site of the Royal Ordnance Factory, exploring its history during both world wars, including the fatal air raid, and other dangers and accidents faced by the workers there - who came in from many surrounding towns and villages to do their bit in the war effort.
Paul and Andy repair to the Wye Inn just along the "Rotherwas straight mile" for a pint, and catch up with DORA... with some sobering facts for our wandering clergyman, and sadly no opportunity to be served beer out of a bath tub as happened there in the past!
Note from the editing suite: the location of the ammunition storage facility that our presenters could not remember was at Callow, south of the city of Hereford!
A Christmas Special
Col Andy Taylor and Rev Paul Roberts explore different Christmases with the 1/1st and 2/1st Herefordshire Regiment during the Great War and with the Regiment on the River Maas in 1944. They uncover the shopping list for Christmas dinner in 1914, which included 825 oranges and four hundredweight of plum pudding.
A Walk Around Ledbury
In this month's episode, Col Andy Taylor and Reverend Paul Roberts reveal a family secret, explore the high streets and bye streets of the Herefordshire market town of Ledbury, and follow in the footsteps of Territorial bandsman and prisoner of war, Charles Percy Taylor. Any relation? Listen to find out!
Percy Taylor caused havoc in the town as one of the Mafeking Boys before running away to sea, only to return to Ledbury to work at Hopkins Garage and join the Herefordshire Regiment. The war found him more at danger from friends than enemies - receiving a bullet wound to the chest from a fellow Ledburian, before overseas service with the Kings Shropshire Light Infantry. Taken prisoner in the Spring Offensive of 1918, Percy spent a number of months in a German Stammlager or Stalag before repatriation and return to civilian life in the town.
Part of civvie life included regular trips to the Brewery Inn on the Bye Street - so this is where our hosts end up too, for a nostalgic pint and a discussion about research into the men of the town in the First and Second World Wars. If you have any information on Second World War servicemen or women from the town do contact us. (You may also wish to contact us to correct a glaring error made by Paul in describing the famous Ledbury Market House!)
Cheese possessed, bacon gorilla and other treasures in the Museum's cabinets
In this month's episode, Col Andy Taylor and Rev Paul Roberts explore the contents of some of the Museum's cabinets - including a trip down memory lane for anyone who experienced army "compo" rations from the 1960s to the 1990s.
They look too at some exhibits dating from the Volunteer Service Companies' time in the Boer War in 1900, including ghost-dated medals, rare tunics and the strangest of Christmas cards. We also hear of the Hull brothers - Percy, later Sir Percy Hull organist of Hereford Cathedral interned in 1914 in Germany and his brother Claude who served with the Volunteers in South Africa and died with the Canadian Field Artillery in the Great War.
Dry throats lead our hosts to the Rose and Crown pub at Tupsley, just up the road from the Museum. Here during the Second World War, the local Home Guard had its Company HQ, we find out how the building has changed, take a look at the camera returns feature for August.
The Story of our Museum and Admiral Doenitz's Pennant
This month, in a delayed episode, Col Andy Taylor and Rev Paul Roberts dodge the rain clouds and stay warm inside the Regimental Museum, exploring the history of Suvla Barracks, the Museum itself and one of it's prized possessions - Grand Admiral Doenitz's Car Pennant, liberated by the Regiment from Flensburg on the arrest of the Third Reich's final government in Operation Blackout on 23rd May 1945.
Though despite not stretching their legs, they do manage a beer to quench their thirst with a beer made in Poperinge, Belgium. This town, seven miles west of Ieper (Ypres) was known as a wartime centre of shopping, recreation and rest - although not safe from long distance shelling - and is home to Talbot House, or Toc H an all ranks club opened by Army Chaplain, Tubby Clayton. Poperinge Hommel Bier has been made from hops grown in the town since 1981 and is delicious, if not dangerously strong!