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Nature of War

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A range of materials for mixed ability classes, for year 7, 8 and 9. Right click to save documents. If you have any resources you wish to share, please let us know! Document Title Focus Format Death of Red Baron Mystery activity  Word FWW Dressing station Medical services information  Word …


28 September 1917 : Pte John Dinsdale

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From Garras Gayle, Hawes, Yorkshire, born around 1893. The son of stonemason, William and mother Ann (née Taylor).  John was their only child until as second boy was born in 1906.  John was a tailor's apprentice before the war. he enlisted in the Yorkshire Hussars (Alexandra, Princess' of Wales Own).  He was sent to France in July. Invalided…


24 October 1918 : Pte John S Lamberton

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Parents John and Jessie Lamberton. John was a cabinet maker in the employ of Messrs W Mackenzie & Co prior to the war. In January 1917, he was conscripted into the Army Service Corps, where he served under the number T/291090. He was sent to France in the summer of 1917 but soon transferred to the 11th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers with…


Major 'Alastair' Soutar, M.C.

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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…


After Amiens – 38th (Welsh) Division

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It happened in the barber’s where my mother had taken me when I was a young child. ‘Mummy, why is that man making funny noises?’ The wheezing, rattling and muted bubbling sound stopped briefly as he turned to look at me, expressionless, then nodded towards my mother and turned away. My mother gave a very, very sharp tug on my coat sleeve. ‘Shhh!…


'Passchendaele' The 1992 Presidential Address delivered by the Honorary President John Terraine

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(This article first appears in Stand To! 37 Spring 1993  pp6 - 10 This year, 8 November was Remembrance Day—remembrance of the two World Wars, this century's two great catastrophes. For the first quarter-century of my life, Remembrance Day was always 11 November, the anniversary of Armistice Day, 11 November 1918, marking the end of the First Worl…


1 January 1918 : Cpl. Stephen Healey

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Stephen Healey was a coal miner and later a town corporation labourer.  He was married to Ada Wilson, a cotton weaver, and lived at 57 Marlboro' St, Burnley. In 1911 Stephen was sharing accommodation with his young family, their 4 year old son Walter, and his sister and brother (she worked in turn in a cotton mill and he was in a mine). By the ti…


Following in R C Sherriff’s footsteps – the path to his own ‘Journey’s End’ in the Great War

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  Crescent Trench - British front line, 31 July 1917 8th Battalion Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment, 72 Brigade, 24th Division had attacked from this trench, left to right, on 31 July 1917 – the first day of the Third Battle of Ypres. They managed to advance about 1000 yards then were forced to fall back to Jordan Trench (see later photogra…


16 January : '"An elegy of mud, blood and darkness" : Australian war writing and the third battle of Ypres’ with Matt Haultain-Gall

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‘The year 1917 had been one of disaster for our arms in all save the Messines attack’ wrote the Australian ex-serviceman G.D. Mitchell in Backs to the Wall. Few of his comrades would have disagreed. The Australian Imperial Force (AIF) lost far more men in the battles for Bullecourt (France), Messines and Passchendaele than at their 1915 baptism o…


'Missing Died Survived' with Guy Senior

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'Missing-Died-Survived' is the story of three brothers who served in the Great War: Joseph, Walter and George Senior. Joseph served alongside Norman Macmillan in No.45 Squadron RFC; Walter fought at the battle of the Somme; and George saw action at the Second Battle of Ypres. This illustrated talk with Guy Senior features first-hand accounts and …


Ep. 174 – Ypres and its meaning through time – Prof Mark Connelly & Dr Stefan Goebel

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Professor Mark Connelly, Professor of Modern British History, University of Kent and Dr Stefan Goebel, Reader and Director of the Centre for the History of War, Media and Society, University of Kent, talk about their recent book on Ypres. This is published by OUP. Your browser…


119 : October 2020

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A Liverpool Lad at Ypres

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“The Valley of the Shadow, 31 July 1917. Down in the valley the Steenbeek flows, A brook you may cross with an easy stride, In death’s own valley between the rows of stunted willows om either side. You may cross in the sunshine without a care, with a brow that is fanned by the summer’s breath, Though you cross with a laugh, yet pause with a pr…