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Just A Walk In The Sun with the Hereford Regiment Museum

Herefordshire Light Infantry Museum

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A monthly podcast from the Herefordshire Light Infantry Museum. Hosted by Colonel Andy Taylor and Rev Paul Roberts. Stroll with us around the highways and byways of Herefordshire while we explore the story of the 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 as well!
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Send us a Text Message. This month on the 80th Anniversary of D-Day, the largest amphibious invasion ever mounted, Col Andy Taylor and Rev Paul Roberts reflect on the role the Herefordshire Light Infantry played in the days after 6th June 1944, including the Regiment's first casualties, among the Carrier Platoon, over the river Odon bridgehead. The…
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Send us a Text Message. This second part of Douglas Pike’s Gallipoli Diary picks up on the morning of 10th August 1915. Douglas meets up with ‘A’ Company and they spend the day fighting alongside the South Wales Borderers; he is sent back to the beach for rations, and on his return finds his unit has moved. After searching his is finally reunited w…
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Send us a Text Message. This third extract of Douglas Pike’s Gallipoli Diary finds him caring for Pte Yates, a wounded comrade through the night of 13th/14th August 1915, awaiting promised stretcher bearers, which never came. On reaching Lala Baba the next morning RSM Chipp tells him he has missed the battalion and in the evening he sets out for Ch…
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Send us a Text Message. The final part of Douglas Pike’s diary, runs through September 1915 until his evacuation from the Gallipoli Peninsula, suffering from dysentery. He includes fascinating details of everyday life in front line trenches, attacks by Turkish forces and ways in which he acted as a guide to relieving battalions, including the Buffs…
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Send us a Text Message. We featured excerpts of Pte Douglas Pike’s diary in a podcast episode a little while back, looking at the first 24 hours at Suvla Bay. After a number of requests, here is the diary in full, detailing conditions faced by men of the 1st Herefordshire Regiment at Gallipoli. We’ll publish it in four parts. This first episode dea…
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Send us a Text Message. In this month’s episode, Col Andy Taylor is joined by Rev Paul Roberts from northern France, to explore the story of the men of the Herefordshire Regiment who were transferred to the 11th Border Regiment (the “Lonsdale Battalion”). Paul Roberts visits Ten Tree Alley Cemetery of the Somme as part of his pilgrimage walk along …
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Send us a Text Message. Intrigued by a German sounding name on a war memorial at Walford, just outside Ross-on-Wye, Col Andy Taylor and Rev Paul Roberts do some detective work in this episode. They uncover the story Colin Baumgarte, killed with the Worcestershire Regiment on 27th August 1917 and his brother Conrad Baumgarte who served with the Here…
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Send us a Text Message. This episode finds curator, Col Andy Taylor joined by Major James Hereford, former curator and Friend of the Museum. James shares with us his deep roots in the county - right back to Maurice de Hereford in the 1140s. We hear about several notable "Herefords" - including politically astute High Sheriffs and Pope-defying cleri…
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Send us a Text Message. In this, our special Christmas episode, Colonel Andy Taylor and Rev Paul Roberts are joined by Major James Hereford and Danny Rees . Each of our museum boffins talk about their favourite exhibit in the Museum - we hear about the Drum Major's sash, Doenitz's car pennant, a captured Boer rifle and a medal with the regimental n…
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Send us a Text Message. This episode finds Col Andy Taylor and Rev Paul Roberts taking a walk through the Herefordshire market town of Bromyard. They begin in St Peter's Church in the centre of the town, taking a look at the unusual First World War Memorial there. Our wanderers then take a stroll round the corner to Kirkham Gardens to the former Te…
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Send us a Text Message. Often the best stories come out once we stop recording! In this short bonus episode we hear a little bit more about Bill Jackson's time with the Herefordshire Light Infantry in the mid 1960s, including escape and evade exercises with the SAS in the Cotswolds and over the Long Mynd, other regimental personalities, the infamou…
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Send us a Text Message. This month we welcome old friend of the museum, Mr Bill Jackson to the podcast. Born in Hereford, and founder and chairman of Jackson Property, Bill cut his military teeth with the Lucton School Combined Cadet Force and shares he reminiscences of troop trains to summer camps, bulling boots and progress to the dizzying height…
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Send us a Text Message. 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 Herefo…
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Send us a Text Message. 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 Li…
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Send us a Text Message. 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 …
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Send us a Text Message. 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 M…
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Send us a Text Message. 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…
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Send us a Text Message. 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…
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Send us a Text Message. 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…
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Send us a Text Message. Happy Christmas everyone! In this special festive edition of the podcast, Col Andy Taylor and Rev Paul Roberts explore different Christmas 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 in…
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Send us a Text Message. 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 …
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Send us a Text Message. 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 …
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Send us a Text Message. 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 o…
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Send us a Text Message. This month, Col Andy Taylor and Rev Paul Roberts take a walk in the sun around Canon Frome Court and St Laurence's Church, Stretton Grandison in search of the Hopton family. Learn about General Sir Edward Hopton whose medals the Herefordshire Regimental Museum recently reunited, and his crack shot, cello playing Olympian nep…
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Send us a Text Message. This month join curator, Colonel Andy Taylor and trustee, Rev Paul Roberts as they investigate a local war memorial at Withington, Herefordshire. Hear about the men and women commemorated in this Herefordshire village, a few miles east of Hereford and learn how to research casualties from the First and Second World Wars. The…
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Send us a Text Message. This teaser episode announced a brand new monthly podcast from the Herefordshire Light Infantry Museum. Join curator, Colonel Andy Taylor and trustee, Rev Paul Roberts to discover more about the history of this local Regiment from formation in 1908, through war service at Gallipoli 1915, Palestine 1917 and through to D-Day a…
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