Soldiers of Oxfordshire – Glyn Evans’ ‘Troopship Birkenhead‘ – 7th February

Glyn Evans’ ‘Troopship Birkenhead

Wednesday 7th February 2018. 7.00pm – 8.30pm. 
Doors open 6.45pm.
Refreshments available.

In 1852 the troopship Birkenhead sailed for South Africa with a motley collection of troop reinforcements for Britain’s army fighting native forces there, including a detachment of the 43rd Light Infantry (the 1st Battalion of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry). Many on board were new recruits and the voyage gave the officers a chance to instil in them a discipline that was to be put to the test sooner than expected. The sinking of the ship and the heroics surrounding the event became the legend known as “The Birkenhead Drill.”

Glyn Evans was born in Birkenhead in 1944 and spent many happy hours as a Sea Scout rowing round the docks among the cargo vessels using the port. He began work in Liverpool as a marine insurance underwriter, crossing the River Mersey each day by a ferry that had to dodge through the busy shipping traffic. Now retired to Kent, he has written many articles on marine subjects and has two books published to date, “The Maritime Art of Kenneth D Shoesmith” and “Dazzle-Painted Ships of WWI.” He is a member of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners.