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The Association for Military Remembrance 1899 - 1960: The Khaki Chums

These pictures were kindly sent to us by Nigel Bewley.

The 'Khaki Chums' are a collection of army enthusiasts who dedicate their time to discovering the day-to-day realities of being voluntary, citizen soldiers between 1899-1960. Whilst 'Khaki Chums' is the affectionate nickname that they have acquired over several years, their true name, 'The Association of Military Remembrance', more accurately reflects what they are about, and that is - making sure that people don't forget. The Association aim to educate and inform the public of the truth behind being a citizen soldier, as a favour to the old boys.

The 'Khaki Chums' believe that wearing the accurate kit and doing the same 75 mile trek that WWI troops did from Armentieres to Dunkirk (as they did in 1990 to mark the 50th anniversary of the original expedition) provides them with some first-hand experience. They are interested in how the soldiers lived on a day-to-day basis - what they wore, how they wore it, what they ate, where they slept, football news, current music and much more. This grounding in social history helps them to understand how the men developed their sense of humour in such strange circumstances, what their world was like, and who they were.

The Association for Military Remembrance - "The Khaki Chums" have raised thousands of pounds for ex-service charities and, with their first-hand knowledge of the life of the British soldier, have lectured to hundreds of people at schools, museums and Regimental Association branches all over the country. Their insistence on getting the detail right with everything from food to underwear and shaving kits has given them a reputation as leading historians in their field.

Please send donations or letters to: HQ, The Khaki Chums, 218 Colchester Road, Ipswich, Suffolk. IP4 4QZ.

To contact the Khaki Chums by e-mail, click here.