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Lancashire North Despatch Issue 7: May 2011


Ninety four years ago in April/May 1917 the battles raged east of Arras.  The cover image (IWM ref Q6228) of British troops boarding buses at Arras after returning from the capture of Monchy-le-Preux was used on the covers of "Cheerful Sacrifice" by Jonathan Nicholls published in 1990 and "Lancashire's Forgotten Heroes" by Stephen Barker and Christ…

Mike Coyle Comparing the Battle of the Somme 1916 and the Battle of Arras


Both battles were equally fierce, both with heavy losses, yet 100 years on, the Somme lives in our consciousness whilst few know of the Battle of Arras. This talk discusses possible conclusions.

30 June 1917 : 439764 Cpl Alex Robert Colman, C Coy 52nd Bn CEF


Alex then moved to Canada, where he gained employment as a stenographer and enlisted into the Canadian Army at Port Arthur, Ontario on 13 September 1915. Trained at Port Arthur and Gresley Park, he was sent to the UK on 23 November 1915, prior to service in France and Flanders from 21 February 1916. A veteran of the action at Mt Sorrel and the Som…

'The Cheerful Sacrifice' with Jon Nicholls


Jonathan Nicholls is an independent guide to the battlefields of the Western Front 1914-18, with over 40 years experience. He specialises in taking small groups of 1-10 persons from the UK, on private and personal, ‘bespoke’ tours to the Battlefields of the Great War. His first book, Cheerful Sacrifice, tells the story of the spring offensive of…

Dr John Peaty: The Battle of Arras


The events of April 1917 in the Arras area are often side-lined as those interested in the Great War concentrate on The Somme and Passchendaele but the Battle of Arras was, proportionately, the bloodiest battle fought by the British Army during the war. The casualty rate was higher than any other action, a statistic overlooked because it was a rela…

19 October 1917 : Gnr. Henry Clark, 50th Bde, Royal Field Artillery


Henry was a weaver at Queensgate Mill, Burnley prior to enlistment. He enlisted into the RFA in Blackburn on 22nd October 1915 and, after a year of training in the UK, embarked for service on the Western Front on 19th October 1916. After seeing action during the latter stage of the Battle of the Somme and during the Battle of Arras, Henry was kil…