The Battle of Frezenberg Remembered
Lieutenant Colonel the Hon. Percy Cecil Evans-Freke, was Commanding Officer of The Leicestershire Yeomanry on 4 August 1914, the day Britain declared war on Germany, following their invasion of Belgium. He was to lead just over 300 men, all volunteers, back to Belgium into one of the most decisive battles in the war, as reported by Arthur Conan Doyle:
… it was a most murderous affair and the Leicestershire Yeomanry were only driven from their trenches when the trenches themselves were blasted to pieces.
The Battle of Frezenberg in May 1915, near the Belgium town of Ypres, was a decisive battle in The Great War of 1914 – 1918. But for the 300 plus men of The Leicestershire Yeomanry and the people of Leicestershire & Rutland it proved devastating.
One hundred years later The Leicester based Squadron of the Royal Yeomanry returned to the battlefield to remember their forefathers. In doing so they paid homage and remembrance and I felt privileged to join them.
My brief was simple; to capture the centennial event so it may be recorded. The result is this dedicated book, Frezenberg 100, that records the mobilisation in August 1914, the history of the battle & the aftermath plus a photographic record of events 100 years later as the Yeomanry returned to the battlefield.
Frezenberg 100 – Is their story!
Comments & Reviews
‘ … it is a beautiful book and wonderful to have such a lovely memento of the day …’ Emma Williams
‘We have just looked through the book and are really thrilled. Thank You!’ Nigel and Julia Nixon
‘I thoroughly enjoyed Frezenberg 100; it is a beautifully presented record of a memorable day and worthy tribute to all who took part in that ‘most murderous affair’ on Frezenberg Ridge on 13th May 1915′ Bob Quinney