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'The British Army in Mesopotamia' with Paul Knight

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Dr Knight bases the talk on his book The British Army in Mesopotamia 1914-18, with his own insights from two operational tours in Iraq.  The talk focuses on the technological and tactical developments, the international dimension and relationship with other theatres of the war.



'First into Jerusalem' a talk by Sam Eedle

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Sam Eedle will give a presentation on the British Army's arrival into Jerusalem during the First World War. 


'The British Army in North West Persia 1919-1921' with Phil Ventham

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Phil Ventham will give a presentation on the British Army in North West Persia (Mesopotamia) 1919-1921.    IMAGE: A British officer from the Dunsterforce watches a Russian instructing a group of Persian police at Resht. (C) IWM Q 24960


'The British Army in Mesopotamia' with Paul Knight

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In this talk Paul Knight will explain why he thinks Mesopotamia – Iraq – was the greatest of the Great War's 'sideshows', being a far more successful campaign despite being overshadowed by both the Gallipoli and Palestine campaigns. He will examine the international dimension as well as technological and tactical developments including a successful…



'The Indian Army in the First World War' a presentation by Major Gordon Corrigan MBE 8 March 2018

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The Indian Army in the First World War - Major Gordon Corrigan MBE Thursday 8th March 2018, 6pm A free and open lecture at the University of Kent, organised by the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded Gateways to the First World War project. The British Expeditionary Force that crossed to Europe in August 1914 was said, then and now, to b…


Malaria in the Great War

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A 1946 map by kind permission of the World Health Organisation)   Malaria in the Great War by Dr David Payne (This article first appeared in Stand To! No.77 September 2006 pp5 - 8)   Introduction Throughout history pestilence has been the cause of the majority of the casualties of war. In general, the Great War proved to be an exception, wi…


'The British Army in Mesopotamia 1914-1918': a talk by Paul Knight

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The campaign in Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq) was one of the great sideshows of the Great War, reaching a ration strength of 440,000 men. It is also one of the least well known, except for the Siege of Kut. Yet either side of Kut was a remarkably well fought campaign in the worst in the worst of environmental conditions. General Townsend’s 1915 adv…


FREE EVENT 'Away from the Western Front' : Salonika, Palestine & Mesopotamia - National Conference 30 October

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'Away from the Western Front' National Conference Programme 09.00 Venue open for exhibitors to set up 10.00 Registration, refreshments on arrival 10.30 Opening remarks – Lyn Edmonds, Project Director 10.35 Introduction – Robin Clutterbuck, National Coordinator 10.40 'A Most Cosmopolitan Front: Defining features of the Salonika Campaign 1915…


21 January 1916 : 3118 Pte Frederick C Baldwyn, 1/4th Bn Hampshire Regt.

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Born in Conderton, Worcestrershire, at the outbreak of war in 1914 Frederick was living on his father’s farm at Eversley, Hampshire. One of seven children, Frederick became a labourer and bricklayer. He enlisted at Salisbury in September 1914. Sent overseas on 18 March 1915, he travelled to Mesopotamia, joining up with his battalion en route fr…


5179 Pte.Dennis Cyril Byrne, 6th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

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A labourer in a pipe-works in his civilian life, Dennis was born in Burnley, Lancashire in 1894. He enlisted into the 3rd Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment in Burnley in October 1914 and, after training was allocated to the 1st Battalion. Arriving on the Western Front on 25 October 1915, he joined his battalion at Hedauville, Somme and was soon…


22 April 1916: S/9985 Pte., Pte Frederick Houghton 1st Bn Seaforth Highlanders

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Frederick was born in 1897. He was a weaver from Burnley, Lancashire. He finally enlisted successfully into the Seaforth Highlanders in Burnley in 1915 after six previous attempts. In April 1916 he was sent as part of a draft bound for the 1st Battalion, in Mesopotamia. On 22 April 1916, having only been ‘in theatre’ for about a fortnight, he wa…


19 April 1916: 5179 Pte.Dennis Cyril Byrne, 6th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

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A labourer in a pipe-works in his civilian life, Dennis was born in Burnley, Lancashire in 1894. He enlisted into the 3rd Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment in Burnley in October 1914 and, after training was allocated to the 1st Battalion. Arriving on the Western Front on 25 October 1915, he joined his battalion at Hedauville, Somme and was soon…


20 April 1916: S.9830 Pte John Lang, 1st Bn Seaforth Highlanders

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Born in Preston, Lancashire in 1892, John had been living in Earby, Yorkshire since 1912, where he was employed as a weaver. Already serving as a territorial (6th West Riding Regt) at the outbreak of war, he deserted whilst still in the UK in early 1915, but enlisted into the Royal Field Artillery whilst away from his regiment! After rejoining his…


22 April 1916: S/9985 Pte Frederick Houghton, 1st Bn Seaforth Highlanders

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Frederick was born in 1897. He was a weaver from Burnley, Lancashire. He finally enlisted successfully into the Seaforth Highlanders in Burnley in 1915 after six previous attempts. In April 1916 he was sent as part of a draft bound for the 1st Battalion, in Mesopotamia. On 22 April 1916, having only been ‘in theatre’ for about a fortnight, he wa…


MESOPOTAMIA CAMPAIGN 1914-1918 by Paul Knight

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The Mesopotamia Campaign, fought in what is today Iraq, was the largest of the forgotten campaigns. Fought between November 1914 and October 1918 in constant contact with the enemy and in the worst of climates, the Mesopotamia Expeditionary Force (MEF) reached a maximum size of 440,000 men. Yet it is the least known of the Middle Eastern campaigns.…