Antiques Roadshow 14 November 2021: Sunday on BBC Two

World War I Special – Series 41 – This special episode, filmed at the Etaples Military Cemetery in France, presents a selection of the most emotive and poignant items chosen by the team to mark the end of World War I and its aftermath.

From cherished mementoes of sacrifice and remembrance to surprising objects that offer an insight into care for the wounded, the programme reveals how the impact of World War I was felt across the world and by all sections of society.

Fiona Bruce and the team are profoundly moved by items including two poppies picked in the ruins of Ypres in 1915, a humble tray made by a soldier blinded by mustard gas and an extraordinary document that silenced the guns and brought the First World War to an end.

Militaria specialist Mark Smith hears the story of Nabi Ahmad Sidiqi, an Indian Army surgeon, while Siobhan Tyrrell finds out about Lady Dorothie Feilding, a volunteer nurse and ambulance driver who became the first woman to earn the Military Medal for bravery.

Hilary Kay also hears the remarkable story of a young musician who purchased a second-hand violin signed and dated ‘1915’ and his quest to find out what happened to the man who made it – leading to an emotional meeting with a long-lost ancestor.

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1 Response

  1. Dear Fiona, I used to own a mobile home located in Camping La Pinède next to the WW! War Graves Commission cemetery in Etaples. I became interested in the town and its history and one day went on a guided tour of the cemetery. It was pointed out to me that in one corner were a row of gravestones devoted to Indian soldiers who lost their lives. They were not to be laid to rest next to Christian soldiers… Also near them is a row of women who were nurses at the nearby hospital which was bombed by the Germans although it had a red cross painted on the roof.

    In the distance across the estuary lies Le Touquet where I once owned an apartment on the sea front. The officers were accommodated there and the ‘other ranks’ were not allowed to cross the bridge over the river Canche. However, the officers complained that there were not enough hospital beds for them. They were required not because of war wounds, but when they contracted VD from the ‘camp followers’.

    Le Touquet has a pleasant garden, a park really, known as Le Jardin d’Ypres, presented to the town as a gesture of thanks because the people of Ypres were allowed to move there for rest or permanently until the war ended.

    There is one gravestone with the VC carved in it, and another of a soldier shot for insubordination ‘pour décourager les autres’?

    I often visited the cemetery at sunset when all those white memories turn every shade of pink. “At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them”.

    Finally, quite close to Etaples are the villages of both Crecy (1346) and Azincourt (1415). Plus ça change!

    Congratulations on a very moving programme.

    Yours sincerely,

    David Crawford
    Flat 14 Ormeside Court
    19 Church Walks
    Conwy LL30 2HG

    Tel:07813 067519.

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