The Fort Nelson Sexton SPG and detachment from Ubique attended the 2017 Overlord show.
Mick and Tom were in attendance and ensured the Sexton was displayed to full advantage.
We had to restock our brochures and we are confident that many first time visitors will be visiting Fort Nelson based on what they experienced at our display stand and during the arena displays.
This video of one of the battle reenactments is via youtube and Andy Ware:
Our current Quiz is provided by Roger Glancefield.
Ernest George Horlock VC (also known as Ernest George Harlock) (24 October 1885 – 30 December 1917) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
Horlock was 28 years old, married to Ethel, and a Bombardier in the 113th Battery, Royal Field Artillery, British Army during the First World War. On 15 September 1914 at Vendresse, France, Horlock performed the actions for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.
“For conspicuous gallantry on 15th September, near Vendresse, when his Battery was in action under a heavy shell fire, in that, although twice wounded, he persisted on each occasion in returning to lay his gun after his wound had been dressed.”
In December 1917 Horlock was one of 2,500 troops who sailed from Marseille aboard the troop ship HMT Aragon to join the Egyptian Expeditionary Force’s Southern Palestine Offensive against the Ottoman Empire. On the morning of 30 December Aragon was no more than 10 miles from her destination at the Port of Alexandria in Egypt when the German submarine SM UC-34 torpedoed her, sinking her within 20 minutes. Aragon’s escort, the destroyer HMS Attack, rescued 300 to 400 survivors, but then UC-34 sank her as well.
Horlock was one of 610 personnel killed in the attack. His body was recovered and buried in Hadra War Memorial Cemetery, Alexandria.
100 years to the day, a small ceremony took place at Alton, Hampshire where the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson, unveiled a Victoria Cross Memorial stone commemorating Bombardier Horlock’s conspicuous gallantry.
In the neighbouring Assembly Rooms, Mr Digby Horlock proudly showed his Great Uncle’s (known to the Family as George) Victoria Cross. The VC was contained in its original Hancock’s card box.
Shortly after this ceremony, the Royal Armouries 18 Pounder field gun was fired 5 times in a nearby park by Ubique.
This Type J lorry was delivered to the War Office on 28 March 1916, and is one of about 5,000 Js produced by Thornycroft during WW1 for the military.
Many ex-military lorries which survived WW1 went into civilian use, as did this one which was sold in 1919 to W J Rothwell of Bolton.
This video was filmed during the drive back from the WW1 – 100th Commemoration Event at Winchester Great Hall.
Video of a Thorneycroft Type J and a QF 13pdr Anti-Aircraft Gun
This World War 1 photo from the Herr Woerner Eugen Collection, shows the German side of the offensive at Delville Wood, this German soldier is overseeing the shell case dump on the German side of Delville Wood.
Leading up to the Delville Wood parade this year we remind ourselves of the hell endured by the South Africans fighting in the wood – and nothing says it more than seeing the mountainous piles of artillery shells fired at them.
The Germans launched one of the heaviest artillery bombardments of the war in an effort to dislodge the South Africans in the wood. It has been estimated that at its peak the rate of firing exceeded 400 shells per minute – even at one stage some references say 600 shells per minute were been fired at the South African positions. To think this relentless volley of shelling was into a wood no bigger than a square kilometre in size.
The South Africans began to dig in beating off counter attacks as they did so. The roots and remnants of tree trunks made the preparation of proper trenches impossible and the South Africans had to make do with shallow ones.
Of the 121 officers and 3,032 men of the South African Brigade who launched the initial attack in the wood, only 29 officers and 751 men survived. These men held their objective at a massive cost – the depth of bravery required to do this under this fire power is simply staggering to contemplate. The losses sustained by the South Africans were one of the greatest sacrifices of the war.
This image is fully copyrighted to the Imperial War Museum.
Nigel Hosier and Phil McGrath (Royal Armouries) and a small Ubique detachment of three accompanied the recently refurbished 25 pdr to a special D-Day 70 event at Bay House in Gosport.
All images by Brody Kinnear.
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The celebrations and commemorations for the 70th anniversary of D-Day have started in earnest.
Fort Nelson was the pre-embarkation stop-over for a large number of the vehicle heading to Normandy for the 70th events.
Fort Nelson and the Ubique detachment displayed the Sexton Self Propelled Gun as a suprise, much to the delight of the assembled drivers and teams.
Images by Brody Kinnear
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