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VOICES OF THE POWERLESS
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The Waggoners at War
Thursday 21 August 2003, 9.02 am - 9.30 am.
Melvyn Bragg follows his long historical exploration of the Routes of English with Voices of the Powerless, in which he explores the lives of the ordinary working men and women of Britain at six critical moments across the last 1,000 years.

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Programme 5: 21 August

The Waggoners at War





The story of British tommies sent 'over the top' to fight the Germans in the trenches of the First World War is one of the most vivid emblems of powerlessness in the face of military discipline and social pressures that required young men to join up and do their duty.


Stone memorial to the Wolds Waggoners at Sledmere, East Yorkshire

As the voices of the powerless become truly audible with the dawn of the recording era we travel to East Yorkshire to tell the little-known story of the Wolds Waggoners, a regiment drawn up by the local landlord, almost feudally, from the men on his estate, and the fallen to whom he raised a strange and beguiling monument adorned with grotesque cartoon images of warfare, unique in Britain.



Stone memorial to the Wolds Waggoners at Sledmere, East Yorkshire

Interviewees:

Dr David Neave
History, University of Hull

Professor Hew Strachan
History of War, All Souls College, Oxford

Professor Joanna Bourke
Modern History, Birbeck College, London

Professor Jay Winter
Yale University

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Melvyn Bragg
Melvyn Bragg presents In Our Time for BBC Radio 4, a series where he and his guests discuss the "Big Ideas" of cultural or scientific significance.

He also presented The Routes of English, his millennial series celebrating 1,000 years of the English language.

Melvyn Bragg was born in 1939 in Wigton, Cumbria - where many of his books are set. He won a scholarship to Oxford to read history, and in 1961 he gained a coveted traineeship with the BBC.

He has presented a number of television series including: Read All about It, Two Thousand Years, and Who's Afraid of the Ten Commandments? and createdThe South Bank Show.

Melvyn presented Start the Week between 1988 and 1998. In his 1998 series On Giant's Shoulders he interviewed scientists about their eminent predecessors.

As well as presenting for Radio 4, he is Controller of Arts for London Weekend Television. He's written 17 novels, the latest of which, The Soldier's Return, won the WH Smith Literary Award.

Melvyn Bragg was made a Life Peer in 1998 and he took the title of Baron Bragg of Wigton in the County of Cumbria.

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