The first footballer killed in 1914: Larrett Roebuck of Huddersfield Town

The first footballer killed in 1914: Larrett Roebuck of Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town full-back Larrett Roebuck was the first professional footballer from the English Leagues to be killed …

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Medal Index Cards

Medal Index Cards

During the late part of the First World War the Army Medal Office began a system of making out an index card for each in…

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British Corps Commanders in the Great War

British Corps Commanders in the Great War

As identified by Andrew Simpson in his PhD thesis,[1] there is remarkably little written about British Corps command in …

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Two men with five names: The Curious Case of Cornelius Costello

Two men with five names: The Curious Case of Cornelius Costello

The image of the headstone below - which is in Dover (St James's) Cemetery - is perhaps not terribly unusual. It names a…

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The loss of HMS Bulwark

The loss of HMS Bulwark

Losses of life in the First World War are more often than not attributed to engagements in battle or enemy action of som…

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'Rikki' Little: Australia's Greatest Ace

'Rikki' Little: Australia's Greatest Ace

As the ‘Camel’ pilot approached dark shape in the gloom of the late May evening, he recognised it as a Gotha bomber – on…

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The British Route to War

The British Route to War

Britain's entry into the Great War is far more complex than the reason for the country embarking on the Second World War…

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The discovery and identification of the Beaucamps Ligny Fifteen

The discovery and identification of the Beaucamps Ligny Fifteen

In the autumn of 2009, during excavation work for a building project, human remains were discovered between the villages…

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Medo and Mbalama Hill, Portuguese East Africa, 12 - 24 April 1918

Medo and Mbalama Hill, Portuguese East Africa, 12 - 24 April 1918

Introduction In late November 1917 Colonel Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck and his men crossed the Rovuma River from German ter…

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We Rest Below the Waves

We Rest Below the Waves

Stoker 1st Class Herbert Allcorn had already served five years in the Royal Navy and was on Reserve when he was called b…

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The world’s largest pre-atomic explosion: Halifax Harbour 1917

The world’s largest pre-atomic explosion: Halifax Harbour 1917

Not all fatalities that occurred in the First World War were as a direct result of enemy action. There are many examples…

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Battle of the Falklands 1914

Battle of the Falklands 1914

“We landed to bury our dead.  The dignified memorial service in Port Stanley Cathedral, and the sight of four boy bugle…

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