by Penny Mount, Harold Varnam, Patsy Paterson, Ian Paterson
Countesthorpe’s Active Arts group decided to arrange a concert by the local Helix Ensemble, as part of our Heritage Lottery Funded programme marking the centenary of WWI. At the accompanying exhibition of memorabilia from that time we were all impressed with the information Penny Mount has of the life of William Buckingham VC who had come to the village Cottage Homes (as that forward looking offshoot of Leicester’s workhouse became known) when his family could no longer care for him. Penny was persuaded to present these facts in book form. It was felt that some more information about the village at that time would make those facts, press cuttings and photographs into the interesting book we now offer as ‘Tigers’ Tales, recalling the local name for the regiment.
Jimmy’s tale came from a story told by Harold at the November memorial church service to recognise the centenary.