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Our February 2017 Newsletter


  Welcome to the February edition of the Newsletter.  The topical photograph this month is of my great-grandfather John Welch (1876 – 1926), East Surrey Regt.  Unfortunately his records are lost but from family stories he went to France in January or February 1917 after suffering from Pleurisy whilst at Dover Castle.  In the summer of 1918 he wa…

'They Shoot Spies - the untold story of the first female agents' a talk by Dr Viv Newman


Dr Viv Newman will give a talk on the untold story of the first female agents.   Dr Newman’s lecture looks at female spies, from  Aphra Benn, a 17th century British poet, author and playwright, who was recruited as a political spy by King Charles II to Marthe Cnockhaert, a young Belgian nurse of the  First World War.   Marthe spied on Germans …

Episode 38: Spying for the Kaiser with Dr Vivien Newman


The WFA's Dr Tom Thorpe interviews Dr Vivien Newman about Regina Diana and espionage in France.  LINK TO > Mentioned in Dispatches

Dr Jim Beach ‘The papers of Intelligence Officer Cpl Vince Scühoff’


The need to know what was going on on the other side of the hill was increasingly important as the war progressed. Dr Jim Beach looks at the papers of an intelligence officer in the German Army and the effect of the information that was gathered

Secrets in a Dead Fish


By Melanie King Bodleian Library, 2014. ; £8.99, 102 pp, inc Glossary and Notes ISBN 978-1-85124-260-3 Book review by Barbara Taylor This small volume is sub-titled The Spying Game in the First World War. ‘Game’ might be a word that springs to mind when reading this book. To modern eyes, with Facebook, GPS devices and sophisticated digital means…