Colchester's Military Heritage

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Introduction
What buildings still exist? 3
43 to 1750 2
1750 - 1860 4
1860 - 1900 5
1900 to present 6
A Museum? 7
Contact Us 8
Comments Received 9

Colchester Men at Trafalgar
Colchester Men at Waterloo
Colchester Men at Gallipoli
Colchester Men at the Somme
Comments Received

 One of recently received comments from a supporter:

"I have long thought it a shame that there is no military museum in Colchester, when the Army has been and still is, such a big presence in our town. Both of my grandfathers were regular soldiers based in Colchester who married local girls. A military museum would not only be a fitting tribute to all of the men and women who have been stationed in Colchester, in many cases before setting off to war, but would also be a wonderful facility for local schools to visit - and would bring visitors in to Colchester."

The following came from Lesley Gladwell - 14.11.2013

 This issue is very important to me for several reasons. The historical aspect of beautiful old buildings and the heritage they represent should be a priority for any planning groups and I do feel that any proposals to demolish/change utterly should be challenged as a matter of course.

The obvious military connection with my late grandfather (who spent time in Colchester during WW2), is another reason. When we arrived here in May 1968,my grandfather visited us shortly afterwards and I can remember walking around the Military Road/Town/ and old New Town areas, with him pointing out his interesting recollections. He was so very familiar with Colchester.

I feel strongly that the enormous military connection with this old town should be celebrated and recognised by us all. The socio-economic contributions that soldiers and their families make to the town are tangible, so many members of the armed forces have passed through the town at some point in their careers and have fond memories.

I wonder if it would be helpful to get some 'old soldiers' on board to provide advice/information etc. The Brtish Legion are another group who, I am sure, could make a valuable contribution. Help for Heroes too? The Soldier's Benevolent Fund must have some local representatives who may be able to assist. There must be a whole raft of retired colonels etc. living locally - and we all know how they love to be involved and included in any commemoration of the military.

A proper, designated military museum here in the oldest recorded town would surely attract visitors/support-especially with the anniversary commemorations planned for the beginning of WW1 next year?

 

.....and for a bit of fun, take a look at the Cavalry Barracks in 1989

with the filming of Blackadder Goes Forth

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sn1Saz1xhU8

Please visit the following links for more information.
Introduction
What buildings still exist? 3
43 to 1750 2
1750 - 1860 4
1860 - 1900 5
1900 to present 6
A Museum? 7
Contact Us 8
Comments Received 9
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