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A Family Reminiscence

Dr Charles Goodson-Wickes.  April 2016 A FAMILY REMINISCENCE “I was blown up by a salvo shells in front of Le Sars.  I refused to die on the battlefield.The gallant stretcher-bearers got me in. I spent the next year in hospital.” It was thus that my Great Grandfather Sir Frank Fox, described his experiences in the quagmire of the Battle of the Somme, in 1916. It has yet to be explained what a 42 year old Australian-born Captain was doing at […]


QUAND MONTREUIL ETAIT « GHQ » Allocution du Dr Charles Goodson-Wickes, arrière-petit-fils de l’auteur le 11 novembre 2015 Bonjour mesdames et messieurs, c’est un honneur pour moi d’être au milieu d’un si grand nombre de personnes si distinguées. Je suis ravi d’être de nouveau à Montreuil-sur-Mer, une si belle ville, réputée et pleine d’heureux souvenirs pour moi, suite à de nombreuses visites depuis des années. Je suis reconnaissant à l’association MCM de l’invitation et en particulier à Bruno Béthouart et […]

G.H.Q. book launch in Montreuil-sur-Mer

GHQ Launch Speech Montreuil 11 November 2015 Good afternoon to such a distinguished gathering…. I am delighted to be back in Montreuil-sur-Mer, a town of great beauty and distinction which holds many happy memories for me from numerous visits over the years. I am grateful to MCM for the invitation- in particular to Prof. Bruno Béthouart and to Siobhan Stevens who are the driving forces behind the Committee which ensures that the town’s relatively recent history is properly recognised. I […]

Agony of Belgium book launch

Below is the speech given by Dr.Charles Goodson-Wickes at both the Belgian Embassy in London and the reception at Kasteel Schoonhoven in Aarschot during the relaunch of The Agony of Belgium (The Invasion of Belgium; August-December 1914). The reception was hosted by Doctor and Mrs.Ludo Schellens at the Kasteel Schoonhoven in Belgium on September 10th, 2014. Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen (Flemish) Thank you all for coming here tonight / (French) I am delighted to welcome everyone Now you will immediately […]