ITV Central’s Peter Bearne, picked up on the story after being contacted by the Iron Memorial chairman, Hedley Malloch. Peter interviewed Fred’s great niece (wife, Janet) and I before visiting France and interviewing relatives of the French civilians who were involved in the concealment of the allied soldiers. ITV aired part one of the programme on November 8th and part two on November 11th as features in the regional news. If you missed them, we will be shortly posting the programmes here on this website. In the meantime, as an appetiser, you can read about the programmes and see extracts from the interviews on ITV’s website by clicking this link: https://www.itv.com/news/central/2019-11-08/remembrance-day-story-of-french-villager-executed-with-british-soldiers-he-had-refuged/
We can only speculate about how many viewers saw the evening news broadcast and were moved by it; but it has helped do what we all must do, and that is keep the memory alive to prevent conflicts like this from ever recurring.
As ever, comments and feedback are welcomed.
To find out more about the Iron Memorial Fund, the story and the soldiers, contact us and we will be happy to talk to you.
Iron Memorial Fund, Chairperson and Treasurer
Hedley Malloch’s grandfather, uncle and great-uncle were all members of the Royal Munster Fusiliers and all saw service during the First World War. For Hedley, the story of the Iron 12 remains one of the most compelling and remarkable incidents in the history of the Western Front and he has spent numerous hours researching the story and its characters. Hedley was the driving force in designing and installing the monuments that are here today. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Iron Memorial Fund, Secretary and Website Manager
David and Janet Arrowsmith. One of the eleven soldiers was Fred Innocent who was Janet’s great uncle. He was a reservist and re-enlisted at the outbreak of war. He was 27 when he was executed by the Germans. We first became aware of the story for the first time in 2006 and we were among the first members of Fred’s family in nearly 90 years to visit his grave and those of his comrades. We are indebted to Hedley for all his help, knowledge and friendship. Together we raised the funds necessary for the memorials. Email: email@example.com
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