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20 August 1897 : Cpl / Flt. Cdt John Arthur Wilson MM

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As a boy, after Sunday lunch, I recall sitting on my grandfather's knee and he would start off with the line ‘have I told you about the time ...' and he'd then add, ‘.... we were gassed' or '.... we took a German prisoner' or '..... I was transferred to the Royal Flying Corps'. Perhaps this started my interest in history. In his 96th year Jack r…


4 September 1916 : Pte Edgar William Burn

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Son of Roger and Georgina Burn, of Dodd's Lane, Alnwick, born 3 June 1894 in Eglingham, Northumberland. After schooling, Edgar became a watchmaker and apprentice dealer with T.M. Wilcox of Market Place, Alnwick. He had two younger brothers, Herbert Thomas and John. Edgar enlisted in Newcastle on Tyne. He joined the Northumberland Fusiliers, and w…


012: Winter 1984

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A Soldier of the 6th Division, incorporating Recollections of the Machine Gun Corps & Following My Father’s Footsteps

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Reviewed by Michael Lucas. A Soldier of the 6th Division includes an account, written from memory in 1976, by Thomas Brookbank, formerly a sergeant in the Machine Gun Corps, who served with 6th Division from Cambrai through, the Allied counterattacks, and to the Rhineland. Brookbank was clearly a keen and effective soldier; he was a sergeant at …


6000 Gnr William Greenwood, 111th Company, MGC (Inf)

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William was residing with his parents at Church Square, Worsthorne at the time of his enlistment. Originally enlisting into the East Lancashire Regiment in April 1915, he was sent to the 10th (Reserve) Battalion (and numbered 10/21472) before proceeding overseas with the 8th Battalion (to which he was transferred) serving in France. Soon after arri…


Stand To! 1 to 115 Full Contents Listing

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Stand To! 1-115 Contents    Stand To  1 Spring 1981 Editorial Notes (Peter T. Scott) Serving members of the Western Front Association Early Days, New Paths and Acknowledgements Inaugural Meeting: John Terraine's Address. Historian John Terraine berates those who indulge in ‘purely tragic pilgrimages to the Western Front’. The Loving Care o…


Gunner Ewart Doodson

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The date of 15 September 1916 was a historic day in the history of warfare: it was the first day that tanks were used in battle. The tank had been under development in late 1915 and early 1916 as an attempt at overcoming the seemingly impenetrable trench system the Germans had constructed. Gunner Ewart Doodson from Ravensthorpe took part in the fir…


12 April 1918 124388 Pte John Thomas Dean, 61st Coy Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

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Born in Padiham, Lancashire John was conscripted into the army in Burnley in 1916. Initially serving as 36184 in the East Surrey Regiment, he was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps prior to embarkation on active service. He was killed on 12th April 1918 and reported as missing in action. Having no known grave, John is commemorated on the Ploeg…


23 May 2020 : 8th President's Conference - Theme '1915 Revisited'

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This annual event is held at the Tally Ho! Club, Birmingham each May. The theme, with speakers to be confirmed, is '1915 Revisited', the year of the battles of Soissons, Neuve Chapelle, Champagne, Second Ypres, Aubers Ridge, Festubert, Bellewarde and Loos. It it the year that saw Sir Douglas Haig replace Field Marshal Sir John French, in which the…