Come and join us for a presentation by Debbie Coupland, in St John’s Church, Loughton at 8.00pm on Thursday 8th November in remembrance of the centenary of the signing of the Armistice, as a prelude to peace in 1918. Debbie’s presentation will include details of the actions of Private Sidney Godley VC who rests within Loughton Cemetery and our other local fallen heroes. Debbie will review the war, it’s final stages and the consequences for world peace. She has an abundance of forensic detail, born of a lifelong passion for the War to end all Wars. Do come for a fascinating insight into the world of our forefathers. The retiring collection will be in aid of the Army Benevolent Fund.
Debbie has been a keen student of the First World War since childhood. She decided not to go to university, as expected, but instead, take an Officers Commission in the Army. In due course, as a lieutenant (in the Women’s Royal Army Corps) she was posted to Thiepval Barracks in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, linked inextricably with the most famous memorial to the missing (72,195) of the battle of the Somme.
Having left the Army to bring up a her family, she completed a University degree in Military History, as a mature student. She left her job within the Civil Service, recruiting men and women to serve as Officers in the Army, to create Great War Tours, providing personal escorted Great War Battlefield experiences.