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Lancashire North Despatch Issue 12: Nov 2013

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  This month's frontispiece is thanks to Barrie Bertram's cancelled summer holiday and his interest in the WW1 involvement of, for some, a summer holiday location.  Read more (starting Page 3) about the photo and about: a Preston freeman with possibly a unique epitaph; the South Lancashire Colonel who prepared the most important tactical manual fo…


'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…


18 May 1917 : Richard John Grandin

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Parents Elias Grandin and Louise (née Alix). Educated at Victoria College, Jersey and Training Ship Conway and the the Lycée St. Breux, France.  At the 1911 Census was at home in Jersey with his widowed father, older sister and three domestic servants. His mother had died that January. Richard was working with his father as an ironmonger’s assi…