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3 September 1915 : Lt William Darnell VC

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William was born 6 April 1885 in Collingwood, Melbourne. On 15 April 1907 he married. He went to England on 12 February 1915 he joined the 25th Battalion, the Royal Fusiliers, as a temporary lieutenant. By early May, he was in Mombasa. In June, the Fusiliers captured Bukoba, the German base for attacks on the Ugandan frontier. On 3 September 1…


15 October 1914 Pte Arthur William Heptinstall died on this day

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Born in Yorkshire in 1882, Arthur enlisted in Bradford on 10 November 1899, joining 2nd Bn Royal Scots (Infantry). Arthur served in South Africa from 1900 to 1902 and in India from 1902 to 1907, where he became a qualified telegraphist. He extended his army service and joined II Corps, 3rd Div, 8th Brigade, A Coy, 2 Royal Scots. Arthur embarked on…


037: Spring 1993

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Stand To! 1 to 118 Full Contents Listing

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Stand To! 1-118 Content 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 of the…


Major Arthur Hughes-Onslow: soldier, jockey and one of the first British deaths in the Great War

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Arthur Hughes-Onslow was born in 1862. He joined the 10th Hussars at Lucknow, India and stayed in the regiment for 20 years. Along the way, he acquired the nickname of 'Junks', although he had no idea why it was given to him. It soon became the name by which he was known by family, friends, the racing public and fellow soldiers alike. Everyone w…


6 January 1915: Gerald Adair Seckham

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Gerald Seckham was gazetted 2/Lt in February 1912 and was promoted to lieutenant in South Africa in November of the same year. Born in Shortlands, Kent, he was 21 years old when he was killed in action whilst manning an advance trench near Neuve Chapelle. His mention in dispatches (Sir John French's dispatch of 31 May 1915) was for rescuing a wound…


27 February 1915 : Pte John Barley

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Parents Thomas, an agricultural labourer and mother Sarah Ann (née Sharp). One of seven children. A farmer labourer himself by the age of 14, living at 57 Farm Houses, Welbourn, Lincolnshire.  John enlisted, age 17, 24 November 1893 in the Lincolnshire Regiment.  He served nine years in the Regulars and three in the Reserve and saw serve in Kharto…


War, Journalism and the Shaping of the 20th Century: The Life and Times of Henry W Nevinson by Angela V. John.

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L B Taurus, London & New York. £29.50. 246 pp. 2 appendices. Notes, bibliog. Index. 3 maps, 16 ills. ISBN 1-84511-081-9 Henry Nevinson is now far less well known than his painter son CRW Nevinson whose disturbing images of the Great War have become justly renowned whilst Henry's journalism has been largely forgotten. Angela John’s study of N…


21 June 1917 : Major Henry George Vergottini Adler

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Parents Wilhelm Heinrich and Cecelia (née Virgottini) of Gloucester Crescent, London.  Educated at Army House, Neuenheim College, but resigned after 2 years to study mining and metallurgy at the School of Mines, South Kensington, He was a Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers.  Married 1897, Miss Ruby Escombe at St.Mary Abbot's Church, S…


29 June 1918 : Lieut. Reginald Edward Guise M.C.

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Son of Rivett Francis Guise (Deputy Inspector-General, Indian Police) and Mary (née Boissier).Great-grandson of Sir John Wright, who distinguished himself during the French War in Egypt, Hanover on the Peninsula, where he was awarded the Victoria Cross for gallant conduct at Fuentes d’Ogor, Salamanca and Vittoria.  Educated at Cheltenham, Felsted …