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Harry Mogg (1860-1929) - Band of Brothers

Mogg’s Military Band escorting volunteers to the railway station, Weston-super-Mare, 1914

(Courtesy of Ollie Pratlett)

 

Mogg’s Military Band playing at a fundraising concert in Grove Park, Weston-super-Mare, c. 1915

(Courtesy of North Somerset Local Studies Collection)

 

Mogg’s Military Band touring in a charabanc, Weston-super-Mare, c. 1915

(Courtesy of North Somerset Local Studies Collection)

 

Harry Mogg led Mogg’s Military Prize Band at recruitment events and fundraising concerts

 

Band of Brothers

Harry was 54 years old when the First World War started. Throughout the war, Mogg’s Band played at recruitment events, gave patriotic concerts and entertained soldiers.

A recruitment event was held on the beach lawns in Weston-super-Mare to recruit new volunteers for a Weston Comrades Company. Sergeant Major Harry Baker of the Royal Field Artillery signed them on. Mogg’s Band played martial music to encourage patriotic feeling.

The younger members of the band themselves began to go off to fight. One band member, Stanley Taylor, was killed while on active service in November 1914 while rescuing a wounded friend. Others were badly injured, some dying as a result of their wounds. 

By the end of the war, the band dwindled from 32 to just eight members.

 

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Published 3 years ago by Amal Khreisheh

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