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‘Tracks to the Trenches. Ambulance and military transport trains during WWI.’

Thursday, 16 November 2017 - 7:45pm

This will be an affecting account of railway activities in the South of England and in France during the Great War. Railways permitted the mass movements of munitions, equipment and men – and the harrowing resulting casualties, many of whom were taken through the Thames Valley. As well as the many technical innovations introduced by the GWR they were the pioneer of ambulance trains. This talk will include the transport and care of the wounded back to Blighty with some focus on South Oxfordshire and West Berkshire.

Mike Hurst trained as microbiologists, but has always been interested in history, particularly transport and industrial history. He helps run Goring Gap Local History Society and since moving to Goring in 2004 has carried out original research on various aspects of the local area and its past inhabitants. 
He is a volunteer at Sir William McAlpine’s private railway at Fawley Hill near Henley, runs the Goring Gap Transport History Group and acts as a Schools Guide, Museum Steward and Guard at Didcot Railway Centre.

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