WW1 Wagoners Special Reserve army centenary open day at Sledmere on Sunday September 8

wagoners special reserve
wagoners special reserve

On a warm August day just over 100 years ago, farm workers of the Wolds were called from harvesting to go to war in the fields of Northern France.

It was the first world War and they were among the first to go.

All were members of the Wagoners’ Special Reserve, founded by Sir Mark Sykes 6th Bt of Sledmere.

They were to drive supplies—their skills with horses and pole wagons invaluable. It was a piece of local history that became a piece of Army history.

On September 8, at Sledmere, there will a parade and Open Day to commemorate these men, the men of the Wagoners Special Reserve and what they achieved.

The Parade through Sledmere, past the Wagoners’ Monument, will start at 11am and will be made up of soldiers from 150th (Yorkshire) Transport Regiment The Royal Logistic Corps; pole wagons pulled by heavy horses, a decorated heavy horse, a pack mule, a WW1 GS wagon and horse ambulance, representatives from the Royal British Legion and Kirkbymoorside Town Band.

Entry to the grounds of Sledmere House will be FREE and starting at 1pm there will be events in the ring in front of the house, including a replication with heavy horses and pole wagons of the original figure-of-eight 1913 Driving Competition course.

An original WW1 General Service wagon, and an original WW1 Horse ambulance will also drive the course. There will be in loading competiton with vintage tractors and a final parade .

Stands include, Yorkshire regiment, Climbing wall for young people, a working farrier, a saddler, wood-working tools, the Guild of Knot Tyers, heritage groups and local museums. The Durham pals (re-enactors) camp life demonstration.

It will be, literally, a once in a life-time opportunity to see all these brought together at the place where, 100 years ago, it all started. Come and be a part of the story.

Web link: www.sledmerehouse.com