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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…


26 January 1915: Pte Simeon Sharratt

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Son of Simeon (felt hat maker) and Elizabeth Ann Sharratt of 1 High Fields Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire. One of 6 children.  Educated at Nuneaton and Hinckley Church Schools.  A gardener from age 14 and before the war.  Enlisted 3 September 1914. Went to France 22 December 1914. Wounded in action, shot by a sniper through the wrist and stomach…


31 January 1915: Pvt Henry Arthur Nicholls

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Son of James Nicholls. Educated Highfield Road School.  29 June 1913 married Helen (nee Ware) of Camberwell. They had a daughter, Phyllis Mays, born 30 April 1914. Enlisted 30 June 1910 he was called up and went to the Front with his regiment and served through the retreat from Mons  (incl. Landrecies, Le Grand Fayt and Villers-Cotterets), and th…


1 February 1915: 2nd Lieut. Harold Norton Clifton

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Son of William Edward Clifton (architect and surveyor and Isabel Clifton (nee Nelson) from Carlisle, living at 7, East India Avenue, London. 1901 age 6, with parents and 1 year old sister, and 4 domestic servants Cambridge Square. Harold was first educated St Peter’s Court, Broadstairs, Paddington. Ten years later, at the 1911 Census, Harold w…


A Perspective on the Western Front by an Army Officer from India by Dr. DeWitt C. Ellinwood

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This article first appeared in the January 2020 edition of Stand To! the journal of The Western Front Association. Members receive Stand To! three times a year and our in-house magazine Bulletin three times a year. Digital Members receive these in digital form and have access to them online. All members have access to the Stand To! archive comprisi…