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The Old Contemptibles "The Old Contemptibles" is named after the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) that was sent to France and Belgium in World War I. The Secretary of State for War Richard Haldane established the BEF in case the United Kingdom had to deploy quickly a force to take part in an overseas war. The force got it's nickname "Old Contemptibles" from a supposed "Order of the Day" issued on 19 August 1914 when Kaiser Wilhelm said: "It is my Royal and Imperial Command that you concentrate your energies for the immediate present upon one single purpose, and that is that you address all your skill and all the valour of my soldiers to exterminate first the treacherous English {and} walk over 'General French's contemptible little army." Although the Kaiser had described the BEF as "contemptible little" it got reported as "Contemptible" the name stuck and the BEF proudly referred to themselves as the Old Contemptibles.

The Old Contemptibles - Edmund Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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William Nicholson (1824-1909) Distiller, politican, cricket player, benefactor This alehouse is part of the Nicholson's heritage collection. They're all different, yet they all owe something to the man who founded them. William Nicholson was a Victorian all-rounder - a businessman, MP and sporting hero. He played first-class cricket, ran the family's distilling business, and financed Lord's Cricket Ground and its famous pavilion. In 1873, William revitalised a collection of characterful alehouses, each one and architectural delight with a strong sense of place and individuality. William added craftsmanship - marble, tiling, vibrant leaded windows - and his larger-than-life personality. His alehouses are still brimming with warmth, tradition, and timeless hospitality.

The Old Contemptibles - Edmund Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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