On the afternoon of November 10th to mark the centenary of the 1918 Armistice, the Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville, visited the Club to formally open our collection of personal artefacts and letters relating to former Mildmay members (the “Chums”) who served in World War One. The collection is on display in the library room, next to the main Club bar, and it was put together through the dedicated efforts of club member Viv Jeffryes.
We were honoured to be joined by representatives from Islington Veterans Association and the Moth Club in Hackney. Club President Tom Jones gave a speech marking the occasion in which he said the following:
“The men whose letters you see around the wall drank here and learned here and when the Chums joined up they went out to join thousands of others from this area and millions from across the UK and the Commonwealth to fight alongside and against young men very much like them. Men from across the world and from this tiny patch of it gave their lives and sometimes their minds or their bodies to the cause. We stand here today to recognise the men on that board because that was this Club’s small part in that horrific conflict but also to all those who like these men had family and friends they wrote to and Clubs they belonged to back home wherever that home was.”