Doorstep History programme 44 June 2019 – Part Two

This is the second part of our report from the National Memorial Arboretum on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the D Day landings. This programme is presented from the National Memorial Arboretum near Alrewas on the day we commemorated the 75th anniversary of the D Day landings. Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge [...]

Doorstep History programme 44 June 2019 – Part One

This programme is presented from the National Memorial Arboretum near Alrewas on the day we commemorated the 75th anniversary of the D Day landings. Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge led the tributes. Local veterans speak to us about their experiences of being on the Normandy beaches during June and July 1944.

WWI pilot with Ladywood links

A former pupil of the old boarding school at the Oratory church on Hagley Road has been remembered at a ceremony in France. TNT visited an airfield at Glisy, Amiens exactly 100 years to the day that he landed there with the Royal Flying Corps.

TNT’s History Detectives in World War I investigation

TNT reporters have been set a challenge to discover the story behind a number of plaques on the wall of the Oratory Church. They relate to former pupils of the school who gave their lives in World War 1. Later this month the TNT team will visit France and Belgium to discover more about Major […]

Industry In Ladywood In World War I

Ladywood has always been known as an industrial area. Large factories employed thousands of workers. During World War I many women took up employment in the factories helping to manufacture items that were vital for the War Effort. Belliss & Morcom made steam compressors and munitions, whilst other companies like Bulpitt & Sons, which made […]

Three Ladywood Men Who Made The Ultimate Sacrifice

The stories of three local men who gave their lives for freedom, told by their surviving relatives, using photographs, medals and other memorabilia, as told to the TNT History Show. The three men are George Edwards of the Rifle Brigade from Icknield Port Road whose body was never found and he is named on the […]

TNT : At Opening Of New War Cemetery In France

In July 2010 the Prince of Wales attended the dedication ceremony of a new Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery at Fromelles in northern France. Thousands of British and Australian soldiers were killed in a nearby battle in 1916 and many were dumped in huge mass graves by the German forces. Lembis Englezos, an Australian schoolteacher […]

World Exclusive Interview with Iraq VC winner Johnson Beharry

TNT has been lucky enough to meet Johnson Beharry VC who won his award for two outstanding acts of bravery whilst in Iraq. In this ten minute TNT News Special Report Johnson tells his remarkable story. A reporter on the national Afro Caribbean newspaper ‘The Voice’ saw extracts of the interview with Johnson Beharry VC […]

TNT News March 2010

The Blondin Statue on Ladywood Middleway: Find out what Blondin did at Edgbaston Reservoir in 1873. Fromelles, northern France: New Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery receives first burial of World War I victims. Two Ladywood men may be amongst 250 bodies being identified after being found in mass graves. Haiti: Oratory School pupils raise money […]

Albert Gill Ladywood VC winner

In October 1916 the London Gazette announced that Albert Gill of Ladywood was to be awarded the Victoria Cross, the most prestigious award for gallantry that can be presented to British & Commonwealth forces. Sergeant Gill paid with his life for his gallantry. He was killed in July 1916 at Delville Wood in France. TNT […]

Fromelles, Northern France: World War I Mass Graves Revealed

Experts have revealed, during a major archaeological dig, that the remains of around 300 World War I soldiers are likely to be discovered at Fromelles in northern France. The remains of a number of bodies have already been discovered and various artefacts uncovered and identified. Most of the bodies are likely to be Australian and […]

Remembering The Past

The huge 140 feet high First World War memorial at Thiepval, France was opened eighty years ago. This report notes some of the names of Birmingham people who are listed on it. They are just a few of the 72,000 people who were killed in the area that have no known grave. Most were killed […]