WORLD WAR ONE CAME TO HEREFORDSHIRE
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A grant of £7,600 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund has been awarded to the Fair to contribute towards staging a WW1 commemoration. The funds allowed the event to commemorate the role of the county in raising a yeomanry (and paying tribute to those who lost their lives in the conflict) while telling the story of the impact of the First World War on the rural community.
Cavalry and tanks
There were demonstrations of British infantry and cavalry units and the role that the tank played in replacing the cavalry at the end of the First World War. Action in the ring included infantry manoeuvres and skill at arms, cavalry ‘movement by fours’ including mounted skill at arms and a replica Mk IV tank.
Meet the real ‘Warhorses’ – When not in the ring the infantry and cavalry were camped nearby, with their kit and horses on display.
Soldiers and troopers were on hand to talk to the public about their respective roles and life at the front. Visitors were able to learn about the realities and hardships of life for horses during the conflict, the difficulties faced by the cavalry and their rapidly changing role.
The Tank – This is a working, scaled replica of a British Mark IV tank, first introduced in 1917
The Tank is a valuable and unique vehicle – there are few opportunities to see a WW1 tank moving and working with troops and this is a chance to get ‘up close and personal’ with the technology that broke the stalemate of trench warfare.