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Famous Fifty get reported on the BBC!!! | The Hero Project CIC

Organises said the project has brought the soldiers back to life The idea of honouring the men came from a book titled Fifty Good Men and True by Michael Kendrick. He told the BBC that following the deaths of so many soldiers in August 1914, “tough, hardy” volunteers were needed and Coalville was selected as the place to find them. They marched off from St John the Baptist Church, in Hugglescote, to the train station in Coalville, with thousands of people cheering them, Mr Kendrick said. “In the main they were kept together for several months, but obviously every now and again one of them would get shot or shelled.” Only 22 of them returned home after many had been used as tunnellers – some were entombed at Vimy Ridge during the Battle of Arras, in 1917. The Famous Fifty exhibition will be in Coalville Market Hall until 2 December.]]>