Historian and author tells moving story at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

The talk will take place on Friday.

The talk will take place on Friday.

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Historian and author Chris Holland will give a free talk at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum on Friday at 2pm.

He will tell the unusual and moving story of the time spent by the ‘Incomparable’ 29th Division in Warwickshire.

Rugby was one of the main centres for the Division, with 4,000 soldiers eventually billeted here. Recently returned from service in the Empire, the men were warmly welcomed by the townspeople and soon became involved in the life of the community. Many local people came to regard them as “our soldiers” and the terrible losses suffered by the Division at Gallipoli and on the Western Front were greeted with genuine sorrow.

The monument on the Fosse Way near Stretton on Dunsmore is a memorial to the Division and marks the spot where, one hundred years ago, King George V inspected the troops in March 1915.

If you would to reserve a place please contact Rugby Art Gallery & Museum on (01788) 533 201

The talk is part of ‘Fall In’: A First World War project for Rugby and is funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. A small exhibition is on display at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum until 28 February 2015. The exhibition is very much for the people of Rugby with many local stories and artefacts donated or loaned local residents.

For further information, contact Rugby Art Gallery & Museum on (01788) 533 201 or ragm@rugby.gov.uk. Alternatively, visit www.ragm.org.uk We are also on twitter @rugbygallery and on facebook.

Picture shows Dunchurch Cavalry (1915).