“Oh, What a Bostin War!” – Mobilisation & Recruitment in the Black Country in 1914

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Thursday 11 July 19:00 - 20:30

From £12.50

Listed by Spice West Midlands


This evening we will Clinton Watts for an illustrated presentation examining the military reaction to the outbreak of the Great War in the Black Country. 

Were people really excited to have a ‘pop at the Kaiser’? Did thousands of eager young men immediately ‘rush to the colours’, afraid they might miss out on all the fun? Why really motivated them to join up? What are the myths and what was the genuine local response to war in 1914?

Tea/coffee included in ticket price

Please note that this is not a Spice exclusive event.

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  • A 90 minute presentation by Clinton Watts
  • Tea and Coffee
  • Your Spice host
  • Spice admin fee
Getting There

Erasmus Darwin House is located in Beacon Street, on the edge of the Cathedral Close, and a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Lichfield. Our postcode is WS13 7AD.

From Beacon Street, go through the green gates on the right-hand side of the House.

From the Cathedral Close, go through the passageway opposite the west end of the Cathedral and then through the herb garden. The entrance is in the garden at the rear of the House.

Nearest car park is on Bird Street,

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Erasmus Darwin House, Beacon Street, Lichfield, WS13 7AD

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