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'Everyday life of Corporal Vince Schurhoff' with Dr. Jim Beach


Corporal Vince Schürhoff came from a Birmingham business family that was German on his father’s side. He joined the British army in 1914 and served with 16/Warwicks until 1916. He was then seconded to signals intelligence work and later transferred to the Royal Engineers (Signal Service). Employed in a variety of intelligence roles, he was awarded…

Two Wheels to War. A tale of twelve bright young men who volunteered own motorcycles for the British Expeditionary Force 1914 at War


My only experience of motor-cycling is as pillion passenger on a trip to Ypres 20 years ago. Since, as a mode of travel, it was uncomfortable, boring and slightly worrying, I was bemused when I received a book about motorcyclists to review. Nothing daunted, I sat down and set to. I need not have worried. In essence, this is a reprint of Adventures…

Major 'Alastair' Soutar, M.C.


One of the well known 'classic' accounts of the First World War is 'Twelve Days' published in 1933 (and more recently republished as 'Twelve Days on the Somme') by Sidney Rogerson, an officer on the staff of 23 Infantry Brigade (part of the 8th Division). Less well known is his second book, about his experiences in May 1918 on the Aisne. This accou…

2 January 1918 : 289751 Spr William Balderstone


289751 Spr William Balderstone, 266 Rly Coy, Royal Engineers. William was born in Skipton in 1883 to William and Susan Balderstone. A general labourer like his father before the war, he married to Mary Ann Jones in 1907.  Four years later they adopted a son, George who was 4 years old when his father enlisted.  William died, aged 35, of dysenter…

"257 Tunnelling Company" a talk by John Fallon


Join us for a talk by John Fallon about his Grandfather's service with 257 Tunneling Company, Royal Engineers, during the First World War.

Keeping our transport going, MT workshops in WW1 - a talk by Roy Larkin


Continuing Roy's theme of transportation during the Great War, today he looks at the workshops and engineers required to keep vehicles on the move