From Mons to Le Cateau.
The film ‘From Mons to Le Cateau’ will be shown on Thursday 5th February at 7.00.p.m. in Malmesbury Town Hall
Wiltshire soldiers, including those from Malmesbury and the surrounding villages, took part in the very first British military engagement of the First War in August 1914. This evening will provide an intriguing focus on the experience of these local soldiers, and will also showcase the research expertise of people from Malmesbury.
The evening is in two parts:
It begins with the local premiere of an excellent new short film by young Malmesbury film-makers about the involvement of Wiltshire men in the first Battle of the Mons, August 1914.
Wiltshire soldiers were part of the British Expeditionary Force that clashed with an overwhelming force of German troops at Mons in Belgium in late August 1914. They undertook a dramatic fighting retreat from Mons to the French town of Le Cateau where they re-grouped and fought the Germans in a bloody battle of great historic importance.
A team of young film-makers from Malmesbury recently won a National Lottery grant to make a short film about these events and to follow a group of Chippenham scouts as they retraced the steps of the Wiltshire soldiers from Mons to Le Cateau on the centenary of the fighting. This evening represents the Malmesbury premiere of the film.
In the second part of the evening, Charles Vernon, a local historian will tell the story of the 1st Battalion Wiltshire Regiment in the early days of the war with particular reference to men from the Malmesbury area. Charles is well known for his authoritative books on Malmesbury history and he is the author of ‘Our Glorious Dead: Malmesbury and the Great War’.
Tickets are available from Athelstan Museum in Malmesbury priced £7.00 to include a first drink and £5.00 for those under 18.