Old Contemptibles


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Old Contemptibles

pl n
(Historical Terms) the British expeditionary force to France in 1914
[so named from the Kaiser's alleged reference to them as a "contemptible little army"]
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The Army had changed dramatically since the days the Old Contemptibles left for France, we wrote.
A car parking sign on Livery Street, with The Old Contemptibles pub behind and a Temporary Bus Stop to the right close to Snow Hill Railway Station
The soldier, whose mother lived at 30 Lower Castlehill, Stirling, was part of the so-called Old Contemptibles - the British Expeditionary Force which was sent to France in the early years of the war.
MAY we use the Loughborough Echo to send very grateful thanks to The Old Contemptibles Cricket Club.
Info 0121 743 4545; | Royal Naval Assn, Birmingham Cotteridge branch: Meets at 7.30pm, first Thursday of month at 1667 Pershore Road, Cotteridge, 0121 486 1773; | Royal Regt Fusiliers/Royal Warwickshire Regt: Meets first Sun of month at Old Contemptibles, Livery St.
In 1986 he joined the Old Contemptibles quiz team, winning the Brighouse Rotary Club charity quiz.
He is what the papers call one of the Old Contemptibles, and indeed no man has been treated with greater contempt than what he has.
Occupying a red brick Victorian building on the corner of Edmund Street and Livery Street, the Old Contemptibles, along with its neighbour, The Old Royal, is one of the few remaining, old-school watering holes in the business district that hasn't been "trendied up" to match its contemporary counterparts.
After a century of marching their memory up and down on politically correct occasions shouldn't we let those Old Contemptibles rest in peace?
But it has the desired effect of boosting recruitment - and the BEF become "the Old Contemptibles".