Fort Talk: Remembering Local Heroes

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Fort Talk: Remembering Local Heroes

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Date(s) - 17/04/2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Royal Armouries Fort Nelson
Portsdown Hill Road,
PO17 6AN.

Event Description

The Royal Armouries museum at Fort Nelson will host this month’s after-hours Fort Talk on Wednesday 17 April with special guest speaker Chris Pennycook, a devoted member of Portsmouth Pompey Pals.

During the evening, Chris will explore the formation of the Pompey Pals at the beginning of the First World War, concentrating on the personal stories of the men and women from the local area who laid down their lives.

At the outbreak of the First World War, Lord Kitchener, Secretary of State for War, took the view that overwhelming man power would be the key to success, and encouraged men of all classes to join the army. For centuries previously Britain had relied on a smaller but highly professional army, with officers drawn from the upper classes and other ranks from the working classes.

Thousands of eager young men across the country flocked to enlist and before long battalions comprising of those who had enlisted together with the promise that they would serve together sprang up. Portsmouth formed not one but two Pals’ Battalions, with over 6500 men enlisting – many doing so at Fratton Park.

Though formally called the 14th and 15th Battalions Hampshire Regiment, they were known locally as the 1st and 2nd Pompey Pals.

The Pompey Pals sustained heavy casualties during their involvement in many of the famous battles on the Western Front, including The Battle of Flers, The Battle of Guillemont and the Third Battle of Ypres. In total over 1,400 of the Pompey Pals lost their lives.

            Date:              Wednesday 17 April 2019                                                               Time:               7:30 pm – 9 pm                                                                                         Tickets:          £5 per person which includes refreshments

Tickets are available in advance from the Royal Armouries website: or from the Fort Nelson Visitor Centre.

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