TO MARK the First World War centenary, Newark Park will be launching a special exhibition.
From Wednesday, July 30 until Sunday, September 21, For King and Country will tell the story of two Newark characters who between them made a significant contribution and sacrifice to the war effort.
James Power Clutterbuck was the only son of Catherine Annie and Major ER Power Clutterbuck.
As the owners of Newark, James’s family had a long association with the house. Like thousands of young men, James enlisted in the army and by 1917 was serving with the Royal Flying Corps. However, his time as a fledgling pilot was cut short when he faced a fatal encounter with the German ‘ace’ flyer, Manfred Von Richthofen, better known as the Red Baron.
While James was battling on the Western Front, back home Newark’s sitting tenant, Mary King, was doing her bit for the war by taking charge of the operations at nearby Standish Red Cross Military Hospital.
From time to time, Mary would use Newark as an overspill for the hospital’s convalescing soldiers.
Visitors can learn more about both these stories in the exhibition room at Newark Park. And people planning to visit to this summer should make sure to bring a picnic to enjoy in the Park’s beautiful gardens and estate.
Standard admission applies for access to Newark Park and the WWI exhibition (£7.90 adult admission, £3.90 child admission, £19.70 family admission – under 5s are free)
National Trust members have free admission.
Find out more by visiting http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/newark-park