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Monday Lecture – 2nd March, Christopher Joll: Regimental Historian of the Household Cavalry
March 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Christopher Joll was educated at the RMA Sandhurst and Oxford University. He served in The Life Guards from 1968 to 1975, during which time he spent two years in Northern Ireland during the early years of The Troubles. After leaving the British Army, Christopher worked in the City and in industry, including several years as the international sales director of the Coventry armoured car manufacturer, Alvis Ltd. Since 2000, Christopher has focused on writing action-adventure novels and military history, and writing and directing national events for military charities.
For the Birmingham & Midlands Institute, Christopher has compiled a 45 mins illustrated talk with a middle-England theme that draws on and connects a number of stories from his two books. These linked tales range from the extraordinary bravery of a Worcestershire farmer’s boy, Guardsman George Wyatt VC, to the deeply eccentric behaviour of the 5th Duke of Portland, an officer in the Life Guards and the owner of Welbeck Abbey in Nottinghamshire. Along the way, Christopher profiles a unique World War 1 graveyard in Belgium and its link to a memorial garden in Grantham, whilst unveiling a number of most unusual spoils of war with a Midlands connection including the Zulu equivalent of the VC, ivory fans and priceless clocks taken from the Emperor of China’s Summer Palace, a piece of the German battleship, Tirpitz, and a silver chamber pot that once belonged to King Joseph Bonaparte and is now used as a regimental loving cup.