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From the Medal to the Field

The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum Evening Talk

By Andrew Burcher

6.30 pm, Thursday 29 September 2022

The Great War witnessed many extraordinary acts of courage and selfless commitment touching nearly every family across the country.  During the midst of the COVID lockdown, Andrew put together a talk to motivate people to progress their research in relation to the combatants. With the permission of the families involved, Andrew presents two case studies to demonstrate how online materials and data were used to achieve, for the families involved, remarkable outcomes and emotional journeys.

Andrew’s Interest in military history began aged 7 with his first visit to the Last Post act of remembrance at the Menin Gate.  Now a life member of that association and a member of the International Guild of Battlefield Tour Guides, Andrew can be found accompanying his guests to the Western Front, usually as the climax to months of research into his guests’ relative(s) who served between 1914 and 1918 – a service he provides voluntarily.  In his professional life, Andrew has worked in the legal world since the 1980’s, necessitating precise attention to detail and this shines through into his research for the many families for whom he has conducted research.  He is a Trustee of the Hampshire Archives Trust, and has ambassadorial roles with Cancer research UK and The Alzheimer’s Society.

Tickets for the talk are £20.00 (Friends of the RGJ (Rifles) Museum £17.50) and can be purchased online at https://shop.rgjmuseum.co.uk/evening-talk-29-sep-2022-2685-p.asp  Alternatively payment can be made by card over the phone on 01962 828549 weekdays between 10am and 4pm.

The talk starts at 6.30pm in the Kincaid Gallery, The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum with the doors opening at 5.45pm.  Drinks and canapes will be available on arrival before the talk.