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7 September 1916 : Gnr George Henry Butt

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George, first born of Frederick (a railway signalman from Somerset) and Mary, was born in Hawes, Yorkshire, in July/Aug/Sept 1895. By the 1911 Census, George, a farm labourer, his parents and five siblings, were living in Long Preston, Hawes.  The year before enlisting George's sister Elsie died of a short illness.  In January 1916 he went to Set…


27 October 1918 Pte Reginald Smith died of pneumonia on this day

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Born in Leeds in 1898, Reginald was a twister in a weaving mill prior to the war. He was conscripted into service in February 1917 and sent to France with the MGC at the end of March 1918 in time take part in the actions at Villers Bretonneaux. He fought through the 2nd Battle of the Somme 1918 and on the Hindenburg Line before being struck down wi…


31 October 1916 Sgt James Sandeman Cunningham died on this day

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Born at Broughty Ferry, Scotland on 4 May 1885, James emigrated to Canada, where he was employed as a chartered accountant in Montréal at the time of the outbreak of war. James enlisted into the Canadian Army at Montréal on 31 July 1915 initially into the 13th Royal Highlanders of Canada, but he transferred to the 73rd Bn CEF upon embarking for ov…


Who was Ronald Johnson ?

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Prologue With the Glazer family take-over of Manchester United Football Club between 2003 and 2005 a group of Manchester United supporters, who were disillusioned at the way that ‘modern' football was being run (and organised in general), decided to form their own, totally democratic, supporter-owned, breakaway club. After much discussion, this ne…


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…


18 July 1916 : Lance Corporal Eugene Walter Linley, 5th Battalion, Cameron Highlanders.

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Lance Corporal Linley of B Company was reported missing on 18 July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. The 1901 census records him living at Muirfiled Road, Inverness, with his parents Fred [b.1859 Huddersfield?, Yorkshire] and Ellen Louise [b.1861], brothers Fred Kay [b.1890], Richard Musgrave [b.1898…


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

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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…


From Boer War to World War: Tactical Reform of the British Army, 1902-1914 by Spencer Jones

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University of Oklahoma Press, 2012, £22.33, 314pp ISBN: 9–780–806–142–890  Paddy Griffiths said that from the second day of the Battle of the Somme the British Army went through the steepest learning curve of its entire existence. The same could have been said, during the Second Boer War, of the Battle of Paardeberg where, although eventually triu…


11 April 1917: Lieut. Arthur Pole Godfrey

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Only son of Charles and Evelyn (née Browne)  Educated at Chigwell School, and in France. He was good a football, cricket and tennis.  Went to Ceylon 1899 age 20 and eventually became a partner in a Tea Plantation. Joined the Ceylon Rifles and on the outbreak of war returned to England.  Gazetted 12 June 1915; appointed Lieut. 31 October 1916.  …