Remembering a hero and the fields of Flanders

A poignant and personal talk entitled ‘Wandering in Flanders Fields’ will be given by Melanie Gibson-Barton in Parkhurst Hall, Parkhurst Road, on Tuesday May 13, with doors open from 2pm.

It takes in the experience of her family member, George Armer, caught in the intense drama and misery of The Great War and his death in a foreign field.

Melanie said: “My talk presents both the story of my Great Uncle George, a member of the 1914 British Expeditionary Force, who is buried just outside of Ypres and was one of the earliest winners of the Military Medal in 1916 in a personal account of the war with the story of the Belgians in the Flanders, Belgium during the First World War.

“The perspective of the fierce fighting of the Belgian soldiers after the German army marched into neutral Belgium on 4th August 1914 is distinctive yet often overlooked. My talk features both known and less known sites of the Western Front in Belgium, giving audiences ideas for visits based on my personal knowledge of the area built up through splitting my time between living in Kent and living in Bruges, Belgium.

Talk begins 2.30pm, entry £4 to include drink. For info