The First World War as experienced by men and women of Wolverton and New Bradwell. Fifteen songs written for various projects, all gathered together in one sweeping depiction of the journey from the euphoric early days, through the dreadful realities of mechanised warfare, to the sorrowful, reflective aftermath.
Today marks the centenary of the opening of the British and Canadian offensive at Arras, on the Western Front.
Hawtin Mundy of New Bradwell, Buckinghamshire, fought and was captured in the battle. His powerful memories were recorded late in life, inspiring community drama and song that ties modern Milton Keynes and its inhabitants to its past.
Here is a part of Hawtin’s moving testimony:
Hawtin’s description of the battlefield at Arras was carefully turned into song by Paul Clark for the play Days of Pride, and has never failed to move audiences each of the many times it has been sung since. Continue reading →