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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 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…


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: Lt Gerald Adair Seckham (MiD), 2nd Bn East Lancashire Regiment.

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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…