Newbridge are very proud to have been invited to contribute to the Coalville Famous Fifty Exhibition that was launched on Remembrance Sunday at the Coalville Market Hall.
The “Famous Fifty” were specially selected volunteers from the Coalville area of Leicestershire who went to fight on the Western Front in 1914. Due to their mining background many of the men became tunnellers, but only 22 ever returned home.
The idea of honouring the men came from a book titled Fifty Good Men and True by Michael Kendrick.
The Coalville Hero Project CIC took the stories to local schools and groups and with their help, created a version of the ‘Terracotta Army’ – life size cut out soldiers, designed and decorated to represent one of the fifty soldiers.
The squadron of soldier cut outs were assembled at the Coalville Market Hall and unveiled on 11 November 2017 for the Famous Fifty Exhibition.
Newbridge students were honoured to be introduced to three soldiers and their stories. Each cut out chap was named and their background story shared to allow our students to plan how they want to decorate and design the soldier to best represent him.
Our soldiers, who represent William Baker, William Newbold and Charles Hatter, along with the other 47 soldiers, can be visited and viewed on market days until 2 December 2017.