On the eve of Remembrance Day, the Cheshire Military Museum arranged a special preview of this important exhibition before it opened to the public. The viewing was followed by a short reception and presentation by the exhibition creator, Sean Livesey explaining the vital and Cheshire related role played by the Bantam battalions during the First World War.

Sean, who lives in Preston, fulfilled his lifetime ambition of gaining a university degree this Summer four decades after leaving school. As part of his 1st Class Honours degree in History at the University of Central Lancashire, for which he was awarded Best Overall Student, Sean researched his Grandfather Fred’s story, now forming a moving story of life in those times as part of the new Bantam’s exhibition. Sean also undertook work experience in research and support at the Museum as part of his studies.

There was also the opportunity to see a very special new display from Marjorie Rigby relevant to Remembrance Day. Marjorie’s father William Thomas Moore served with the 4th Battalion the Cheshire Regiment which was on television last Remembrance Day.

Thanks went to students and staff of Cheshire College South and West who provided the splendid canapes and refreshments.

The Bantam Exhibition is open until February.

Photo Top: Friends Vice Chair Mike Huntriss (left) and Chair, Brigadier (Ret’d) J A J Thomson OBE QVRM (right) with Sean Livesey BA (Hons).

Below: Guests, friends and staff enjoy the reception.