Doorstep History Programme 41 October 2018

This extra length edition of Doorstep History features the remarkable story of Ladywood born Thomas Waldin who went to fight in World War I.  He was severely injured on the Western Front and invalided home. The story of what happened to him in the trenches, and during and after his recovery represents a great example [...]

Doorstep History programme 40 September 2018

This edition of Doorstep History comes from the Hall of Memory as it reopens after being closed during the work to redesign Centenary Square.  We feature the reopening ceremony and look at the history of the building. Cllr Ian Ward, leader of the city council and Paul Ellis, curator of the Hall of Memory give [...]

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 […]

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 […]

Central News features TNT’s Dunkirk + 70 Commemoration

On 25 May 2010 TNT was featured on Central News at the unveiling of the bench to commemorate the life of former Oratory School headboy and Dunkirk veteran Herbie Carter 1916-2007. It’s a shame they didn’t mention TNT by name, especially as they used some of our footage! Herbie’s story was featured in our April […]

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 […]