Friday, 1 July 2016

Thursday, 17 March 2016

AGM Week-end at Winchester 15th - 17th April 2016

Crimean War Research Society (2014) AGM Weekend Winchester 15th to 17th April 2016


Assemble at Mercure Wessex Hotel (in central Winchester alongside the Cathedral) and walk to nearby Winchester College. Our Guide will concentrate on the military monuments including the Crimean War Memorial (by William Butterfield, 1858) and the War Memorial Cloister (by Sir Herbert Baker, 1922-4) which is not included on usual tours. Please note that we need at least 10 participants for this bespoke tour to go ahead. 15.00 Tea in Winchester Cathedral Refectory. 15.30 Tour of Winchester Cathedral by Chris Maxse, a Winchester Blue Badge Guide who himself has family connections with the Crimean campaign. The Cathedral is famed for its monuments, second only to Westminster Abbey. The finest Crimean monument is to the 97th Foot. (For details see The War Correspondent, October 2008, at pp. 40-44)

19.00 Informal dinner at Mercure Wessex Hotel. Members to book dinner independently with the hotel, when they check in.

Saturday 16th April There will two alternative tours this morning. than 11th March] 09.15 Leave Mercure Wessex for Peninsula Barracks for a guided tour of the barracks complex followed by visits to the museums of the Royal Green Jackets and of the 11th Hussars. Both feature important Crimean War collections. We shall also view the Great Hall of Winchester Castle, before taking Tea and Coffee in the Peninsular Café (the former guardhouse of the barracks). This tour involves an uphill walk from the hotel and taxis will be available if needed. It will be led by an accredited Blue Badge Guide, Tony Newing, an ex-Royal Marine, who has a particular interest in military history.

 9.15 Leave Mercure Wessex for a one mile walk beside the River Itchen to The Hospital of St. Cross and Almshouse of Noble Poverty, comprising a Norman church and 15th century almshouses set in unspoilt water meadows. This walk inspired John Keats to write his ode ‘To Autumn’, Anthony Trollope based ‘The Warden’, first of his ‘Barsetshire Chronicles’, on St Cross, and it continues to inspire film and television producers (most recently for the BBC adaptation of ‘Wolf Hall’). Though this is intended to be a walking tour, taxis will be available if needed. Tea and Coffee will be served in The Hundred Men’s Dining Hall at St Cross and there will be a guided tour led by one of the 13.00

Both tours return to the Mercure Wessex for lunch in the Wykeham Suite, which has an uninterrupted view of Winchester Cathedral (at 556 feet, the longest Gothic cathedral in Europe).

14.00 Talks preceding the AGM ‘ Military Men of Feeling’ by Professor Holly Furneaux of Cardiff University ‘Some Sepulchrous Stories’ by Mike Hinton

15.00 Tea Break

15.15 AGM – (only paid up members can attend)

17.30 Evensong in Winchester Cathedral – an optional extra, to hear some of the finest choral singing in England.

 19.00 Meet in the Kings Bar at the Mercure Wessex.

19.30 AGM Dinner in the Wessex Restaurant at the Mercure Wessex.

Sunday 17th April 10.00 Leave the Mercure Wessex for a walking tour of Winchester, led by Chris Maxse.

11.30 (approximately) AGM Weekend finishes. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Thursday, 4 June 2015

The War Correspondent Archive Initiative

We are endebted to those who volunteered at the AGM in York to undertake scanning their old issues of the War Correspondent. All of these old issues up to the turn of the century and beyond are only held as original print run copies, or in some cases photocopies of same, by long-standing members of the CWRS. In an effort to digitally preserve the old output of the society a group of volunteers are scanning their old issues and sending them to the webmaster for processing, compiling and posting at in both print and PDF download versions. Eventually a DVD will be available of the complete run up to the present day. So far Volumes 1 and 2 have been posted as a compilation, and so have the four issues of Volume 3. Likewise Volume 6.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015


1. The inaugural AGM Weekend of CWRS (2014) will be held in York, at the Novotel York Centre, on 24/25/26 April, 2015. The York Novotel, at Fishergate, York YO10 4FD, is a modern building with 124 bedrooms, situated just outside the historic walls of York, adjacent to the confluence of the Rivers Ouse and Foss and a short walk from the city centre. It was the venue for the 2014 AGM of the old CWRS.
2. A new programme of visits to places of interest in and around York will be arranged for the afternoon of Friday 24, the morning of Saturday 25 and the morning of Sunday 26 April. We hope that this will include the Kohima Museum, and the Museums of the Queen’s Own Yorkshire Yeomanry, the Royal Dragoon Guards and the Prince of Wales’s Own Regiment of Yorkshire, some of which were closed at the time of our visit in 2014. Details will follow.
3. Members can arrange to dine together informally at the Novotel on Friday 24, if they so wish; there will be illustrated talks after lunch on Saturday 25, followed by the Annual General Meeting. The paperwork for the AGM, including draft Rules for CWRS (2014), will be circulated in due course. The Annual Dinner will be held at the Novotel on the evening of Friday 25 April.
90% of our Membership now have email and from now on, in the interest of speed and economy, we shall be issuing CWRS business notices in that form. In addition we shall of course post in hard copy form to those Members without email. If you receive this notice by post but you have email, please let us know your email address.
Please contact Ken and Lee for further details
Yours sincerely,
Ken & Lee Tough
Secretary & Treasurer, CWRS (2014)

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Chapters 4 and 5 of John Barham's Journey through the Crimean War uploaded

Both Chapters 4 and 5 of John Barham's Journey through the Crimean War have been posted to the site.
Chapter 4, Stagnating at Varna - direct link
Chapter 5, On Other Fronts - direct link

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Update to John Barham's Journey through the Crimean War

Just added the sources page for John Barham's Journey through the Crimean War. An excellent resource in its own right with links to all the books which are available 'full view' online at the Internet Archive (, Google Books, the Gutenberg Project and elsewhere. Find it at

Thursday, 11 December 2014

CWRS back in business!

The new issue of The War Correspondent has been published and is in the process of being despatched to all members.
(It has already been sent to digital members)
Contents of Volume 32 Number 1, Dec 2014, is as follows:
7 Steam Tractors and ‘Tracked’ Vehicles in the Crimean War by Major Colin Robins
9 Benjamin Horton dies in the workhouse by Christopher J. Poole
14 Two Sergeants and the Cookhouse of the 8th Hussars by Glenn Fisher
20 George Ryan’s Crimean War Books by Dr. Douglas J. Austin
23 The Cattle Wharf at Balaklava by Dr. David R. Jones
28 Colour Sergeant Daniel Sullivan and his Commission by Tony Margrave
35 Admiral Sir Henry William Bruce by Lisa Nicholson
38 Captain J. J. Brandling, RHA—Forgotten Hero of Balaklava by Lawrence W. Crider
45 Alexis Soyer, Celebrity Chef aka the ‘People’s Chef’ by Diane Oldman
37 ‘Letters from the Light Brigade’ by Anthony Dawson reviewed by Roy Mills
6 The Cholera Belt
11 Crimea Medal Research Project from Mike Hargreave Mawson
12 The Blaise Box by Anonymous
34 The Lost Medal Roll of the 6th Dragoon Guards from Diane Oldman
36 The British Conference for Victorian Studies by Glenn Fisher.

Monday, 1 December 2014

New Issue of The War Correspondent

Just a few days away now! As soon as it is published you will be able to join the CWRS - the online How to Join pages will be re-activated

Saturday, 31 August 2013

AGM week-end, Saturday 26 April 2014, Novotel, York, UK

Members of the Crimean War Research Society are invited to attend our next Annual
General Meeting week-end.  This year it will be at the Novotel , Fishergate, York YO10 4FD, tel +44 (0)1904 611660.
Registration will commence from 9.00am with the formal Annual General Meeting starting
at 9.30am on Saturday 26 April 2014.
As with recent Annual General Meetings of the Society, the Saturday afternoon will have
talks relevant to the Crimean War.
In addition to the above a social programme is being devised. There will be a dinner at the
Novotel on the Saturday evening, at a cost of £25.00 per attendee (guests welcome).
The full agenda for the Annual General Meeting with details of the Friday evening and
Sunday morning social events for that weekend will be circulated with the next War
Correspondent and posted here, together with booking details for the dinner.
Prior to this members and their guests may wish to book accommodation for the Friday and/or Saturday nights at the Novotel, bookings for this accommodation should be made directly with the hotel. A number of bedrooms are being held for the Society until 8 weeks before the event,the
cost quoted being £109.00 Bed & Breakfast for double occupancy, and £99.00 for single