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001: Spring 1981


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The Lion and The Rose: The 1/5th Battalion The King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment 1914-1919


Reviewed by Bob Wyatt. The 1st/5th Battalion The King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment 1914-1919, is impressive. The majority of those who joined the 1/5th Territorial Battalion came from Lancaster, Morecombe, Blackpool and Fleetwood. They were very much ‘family’, many closely related with no less than seven father and son pairs. The author’s narrat…

30 January : ‘Reconstructing Flanders' fields after the Great War’ with Dries Claeys


Although the war damage in Belgium was nowhere near the scale of the French 'regions dévastées', the Belgian countryside as well had to be restored. This was particularly the case in Ypres and its surrounding areas. Passchendaele, Messines, Langemarck were only few of the villages that were completely wiped off the map. Refugees and policymakers …

CANCELLED The Gun Machine:- by Rob Thompson


'The Gun Machine: A Case Study of the Industrialisation of Battle during the Flanders Campaign, 1917. (More info to follow: --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   Rob Thompson,---  an “accidental” military historian who prior to becoming an…

22 January 1915: Pte Percy Gernon Boyd


Parents Samuel Boyd (a book keeper for a shopping company in 1891, later an accountant) and Emma Boyd (nee Ker). In 1891, at 8 months old, at home with his parents, two older sisters Lillian and Mildred and a live in domestic servant. In 1911, his sisters are working as stenographers and Percy is a sugar refiner’s clerk, younger brother Gerald was …

29 July 1918 : Charles Foster


Second son of William Foster (who owned a brass foundry he had founded) and Emma (née Haig - no relation) At the 1881 England Census the parents had four children and two domestic servants and lived at 63 Savile Park Road, Halifax In March 1881 Charles’s mother died and his younger brother Harold died in June that year. At 2 years old Charles w…

In Flanders Fields by Leon Wolff


In the history of the Great War, are there two names more freighted with the encumbrance of ‘mud, blood and futility’ than Ypres and Passchendaele? Yet, when reading Leon Wolff’s In Flanders Fields, notably the latter chapters which focus on what became known as the Battle of Passchendaele, it is difficult not to give way to such sentiments. Wolff…

Tragedy and heroism in the Davidson family


On March 28, 1916, a pharmacist in Montrose, Scotland, dropped dead. The man’s wife duly wrote to the War Office to ask if her eldest son, Ronald, could be granted a short compassionate leave to come home from the Western Front and sort out his father’s business affairs as her two other sons were still of school age. Tragically, the widow’s appeal…

Virtual Tour #2: Aubers 1915. Deadlock, Disappointment and Disaster in Flanders


The second of the new season of 'Virtual Tours' will be going live on Thursday 16 December at 7.30pm UK time.  Essentially, Aubers was a one day battle, in the form of a pincer attack at Richebourg in support of the French attacks at Vimy and Notre Dame de Lorette.  Described as both  an “unmitigated disaster” and “a serious disappointment” by the…