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'The 21st Division at Loos, 1915' a presentation by Dr Derek Clayton

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With no battlefield experience, the 21st Division was thrown into action at Loos, on the second day of what was at that time the biggest battle ever fought by the British Army. The widely accepted story is that the men of 21st Division advanced against the German Second Defensive Line and were routed by enemy machine gun fire. The true picture is …


'21st Division 1914-1918' with Andy Lonergan

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Andy Lonegran will give a presentation on the 21st Division in the First World War.  Read More: 21st Division  


Major 'Alastair' Soutar, M.C.

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One of the well known 'classic' accounts of the First World War is 'Twelve Days' published in 1933 (and more recently republished as 'Twelve Days on the Somme') by Sidney Rogerson, an officer on the staff of 23 Infantry Brigade (part of the 8th Division). Less well known is his second book, about his experiences in May 1918 on the Aisne. This accou…


'From Private to Major via the Foresters Arms': The life, death and rediscovery of Octavius Darby-Griffith, MC

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British visitors to the south of France will often take the A26 'Autoroute des Anglais' out of Calais. Some 140 miles down this autoroute, they will see on a prominent hill to the right the towers of the medieval cathedral at Laon. Some may turn off the autoroute to pay a visit, others will press on towards Rheims and further south. If the opportu…


READ THE STORY: The 'Unknown Major' no more

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Researched by David Tattersfield, the Vice Chairman of The Western Front Association, this detective story shows how a casual visit to a military cemetery and an inquisitive nature led David to uncover the name and the story behind the 'An Unknown Major' of the Royal Engineers.

Read the full story > HERE Major 'Alastair' M.C.