Broadcaster Huw Edwards returned to the Branch to talk about the ground-breaking researches in his new book, which "sheds light on the story of one of London's first ethnic minorities, the Welsh".
With 2015 marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, LBWFHS member Brian Swann gave a timely talk about his relative Sir Thpmas Picton, who died on the battlefield. Picton was a controversial figure, described by Wellington as a "rough, foul-mouthed devil". Brian has researched a variety of document sources, particularly military records, to examine the influence of Picton's early life on his later military career.
Branch members Theo and Anna Brueton led a walk from Newington Green to Abbey Park, introducing us to the radical Richard Price and his circle at Newington Green, the frustrated lovers of Paradise (later Clissold) House, namely the Welsh heiress Eliza Crawshay and local curate Augustus Clissold, and several notable Welsh men and women buried in Abbey Park cemetery.
Rhys David spoke about the experiences of an ordinary Welsh soldier in the Near east in World War I, as revealed by his father Sapper Dewi David's vivid and sometimes amusing letters home. Dewi saw action over four years in Gallipoli, Egypt and Palestine, culminating in the capture of Jerusalem. As described by Rhys, the letters revealed not only the hardships of war, but also the life and interests of a young man in the early twentieth century.
To view the letters, and for details of Rhys's book, see www.rhysdavid.net.