The Famous Fifty 

The first WW1 civilian volunteers to land in France

Welcome to the story of the Famous Fifty.  Here you will find information on the fifty men, their route to war and their battles. Below, you will find the names of those who lost their lives, and those who managed to survive. We hope that amongst these pages you will discover why these fifty young men from North West Leicestershire became known as the Famous Fifty. If you are related to any of them, please get in touch using the contact page as we would love to hear from you.

Twenty two of the Fifty survived

Those killed in action


“They proudly pocketed the King's shilling”

Thank you to:

Hugglescote and Donington le Heath Parish Council for their generous grant towards the cost of this website

Hugglescote and Donington le Heath Heritage Group for their donation

Private individuals for their donations

The Community Engagement Group for their fundraising efforts

And anyone who bought a fundraising copy of the film March of the Fifty


This website is dedicated to Michael Kendrick, who brought their story to life, and to each of those fifty young men

© Llynda Baugh 2020