CANCELLED ‘ROSE, CASTLE & CROWN’ Author Talk with Patrick Crowley

CANCELLED ‘ROSE, CASTLE & CROWN’ Author Talk with Patrick Crowley

Unfortunately the decision has been made to cancel this event, we apologise for any inconvenience. Medina Publishing presents an evening with Col (retd) Patrick Crowley MA MBE DL, the author of 'Rose, Castle and Crown: Hampshire & the Isle of Wight’s Citizen Soldiers'. Doors at 18:15 for an 18:30 start, with drinks on arrival. Tickets £5 (refundable on the purchase of a book)

Rose, Castle and Crown is a unique history of the part-time soldier of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, from the time of the militia, yeomanry and volunteer, through to the Territorial Army and today’s Army Reserve. This is all placed in the wider context of the British Army’s history. For centuries, the country has defended its shores with a mixture of regular and auxiliary soldiers, but little has been written about the latter, particularly in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. All military volunteers, throughout history, have had to balance the requirement of their service with family demands and their main civilian employment. This book tells their story, including:

  • The three brothers in the Isle of Wight Rifles who were all killed on the same day in Gallipoli 1915, inspiring the film ‘Saving Private Ryan’.
  • The local Militia who destroyed a French invasion on the Isle of Wight in 1545.
  • The 4,000 Isle of Wight men volunteered to join the Home Guard at the start of the Second World War
  • The local mayor who, with the support of local militia and some sailors, captured Carisbrooke Castle in the English Civil War.











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