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Devil’s Own to return to Berkhamsted to remember the dead

Men of the Inns of Court Regiment wearing gas masks in a trench on Berkhamsted Common

Men of the Inns of Court Regiment wearing gas masks in a trench on Berkhamsted Common

Members of a regiment that trained in Berkhamsted before fighting in the First World War will return to the town for a parade on Saturday.

The Inns of Court Officers Training Corps – now the Inns of Court & City Regiment – was nicknamed The Devil’s Own by King George III. Its soldiers were based in Kitcheners Field from 1914 to 1919 and trained in trenches that were dug in the nearby area.

Saturday’s parade go from Berkhamsted Golf Club and to the war memorial on the Common at the top of New Road at about 11am. After a service of remembrance they will return to the golf club for a private reception.

There will be an exhibition of photographs and other memorabilia from the regiment at Berkhamsted Civic Centre from 11am to 10pm on Monday and 10am and 4pm on Tuesday. Entry is free.

The Berkhamsted Film Society will show 15-rated movie Regeneration – about the treatment of First World War soldiers and their psychological scars – in the civic centre at 8pm on Monday. Entry is £5.

Short stories, dispatches, poems and letters from the First World War will be brought to life during the Voices from WW1 event at Berkhamsted’s The Kings Arms next Wednesday.

The event is being organised by Berkhamsted Speakeasy in association with Waterstone’s and you can buy tickets for £12 here - £2 goes to the Royal British Legion

Songs and music from the Little Gaddesden Village Choir will be sung in the chapel of Berkhamsted’s Ashlyns School at 7.30pm next Thursday.

Entry is £8 and can be bought by phoning 01442 842322 or emailing ruthcohen114@btinternet.com - all proceeds will go to the Royal British Legion.

Councillor Penella Warren said Berkhamsted was important for First World War training as soldiers could be moved easily in and out of London by train. There was also lots of land available nearby for trench training.

To commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the date on which Britain joined the First World War, the Union Jack will be flown at half mast on Monday, August 4.

 

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