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21 December 1914 : A/Cpl Simon Bennett

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After a number of years as a coal miner, Simon Bennett had enlisted into the army in 1904. After spending most of his service in India, Simon returned home and, while still held on the reserve, he became employed as a miner at the Towneley colliery in Burnley. He had just entered the final year of his reserve commitment (and was temporarily workin…


'The Story of the Iron Twelve' [Part 1] by Hedley Malloch

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This article first appeared, in two parts, in the journal of The Western Front Association, Stand To! No. 87 and No. 88. Members of the WFA have access to the entire Stand To! archive editions 1 to the present day. See Join the WFA.  This is the story – told over two successive issues of Stand To! - of eleven British soldiers, trapped behind the l…