THE GREAT MARCH

1914

June 28 - Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to Austria-Hungary's throne, and his wife, Sophie, were assassinated by Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip while the couple were visiting Sarajevo.

July 28 - Austria-Hungary declares war on Serbia.

August 1 - Germany declares war on Russia.

August 3 - Germany declares war on France.

August 4 - The United Kingdom declares war on Germany, after Germany invades Belgium.

August 10 - Rally in Newark Market square.(Sherwood Foresters Regiment)

The rally led by The Sherwood Forest Regiment sought to enrol men from the Newark area to the new Eighth Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters Regiment.

The men were marched from there to Radcliffe-on-Trent, with a band playing and accompanied by wagons and horses carrying provisions. After an overnight stop they were then marched to Derby. From there they went on to training before being dispatched to the trenches in France. Sadly, many of them did not return.

This re-enactment is to commemorate the involvement in the 1914 to 1918 war, of the people of Newark-on-Trent and the surrounding villages, many of whom never returned.

Date of original march

The original march took place on 10th August 1914, and was the first leg of a two day journey from Newark to Derby, stopping off at Radcliffe-on-Trent.

Reaching Radcliffe-on-Trent, they were billeted in several places including the Co-op stores rooms, County Council Schools and Institutes, and some in empty houses. The officers were entertained by Colonel C W Birkin at his residence.

Reason for original march

The march was organized to group the Eighth Battalion and get them from Newark to their training for onward passage to France and the trenches.

Original participants

The original participants were members of the Sherwood Foresters Regiment and the recruits that had just been enlisted in the Eighth Battalion. They were accompanied by a number of vehicles transporting their equipment. These vehicles would have been horse-drawn carts requisitioned from the local businesses like brewery dray carts etc.

Original route

Not much is known about the original route except that it followed the general route from Newark to Radcliffe.

It should be noted that the roads were not as they are today, indeed while still recognizable as a road, the A46 (The Fosse Way) after East Stoke was for most part, little more than a dirt track.

THE GREAT MARCH 2014

Proposed route of re-enactment

The distance from Newark to Radcliffe is around 12 miles 'as the crow flies', and is around 14 miles via the main trunk road. But the proposed route covers some 16 miles and has been drawn up in an effort to avoid the main trunk road, and keep to country roads where possible.




Control Centre Locations

As the event is to proceed from one place to another, it is envisaged that the control centre will need to be as close as possible to where the event is actually happening.


To this end the control centre will initially be at the Town Hall, Newark from 0730 until the parade has left and is on its way to Flintham, at which point the control centre will be moved to Flintham and then East Bridgeford before being finally established at Radcliffe-on-Trent as follows:


0730 1030 Newark Town Hall

1030 1300 Flintham Village Hall

1300 1500 East Bridgeford

1500 1900 Radcliffe-on-Trent


So Radio communications and/or mobile telephones will be at the root of communications with headquarters control and will be vital in achieving this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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