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‘The Royal Navy and the Dardanelles’ by Dr John Perry

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Our speaker, Dr John Perry will talk about how, at the instigation of Churchill, units of the Royal Navy tried to force the Dardanelles. They displayed great courage in the face of enormous obstacles and came close to succeeding. But they failed and the Army had to take over, with tragic consequences.     Venue: St Philip and St James Parish…


6 August 1914 Charles George McConachy died on this day

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  Charles McConachy was born in Belfast on 11th July 1889. On 3rd August 1905, while a student of Ballymena Academy, he enlisted into the Royal Navy (Boy service). On 11th July 1907 his adult service began. He signed up for 12 years service. After serving on several vessels (on land and sea), on 9th April 1914, he transferred to the HMS Amphion…


‘Impressive in Futility' the German High Seas Fleet - by Prof John Derry

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One of the reasons for growing Anglo-German antagonism before 1914 was the German decision to build a modern battlefleet, with the consequent Anglo-German naval race. Though the German High Seas Fleet was an excellent navy – well-trained officers and men, superbly designed capital ships and outstanding gunnery – it was never able to break the Royal…


'The Battle of Dogger Bank 1915' with Dr Scott Lindgren

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Dr Scott Lindgren will be talking about this naval engagement which occurred on the 24 January 1915, near the Dogger Bank, in the North Sea. It was fought between squadrons of the British Grand Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet with losses on both sides.  So spend an evening discovering the history behind one of the Great Wars lesser known naval…


'Frederick Septimus Kelly, Royal Naval Division' by John Cooksey

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JON COOKSEY is a leading military historian who takes a special interest in the history of the world wars and the Falklands War. He is the former editor of Battlefields Review and the current editor of our very own Stand To!. This talk is about the extraordinary story of Frederick Kelly, the musician, composer and Olympic rower, killed in action d…


FREE EVENT - Remembering The Great War #GreatWar100 : 9 & 10 November

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#GreatWar100 brings members of the public together with experts on the First World. At this free event, there will be a series of fascinating short talks, an extensive, interactive programme for children, the chance to purchase books, collectables and exclusive centenary memorabilia and the opportunity to learn about the work and achievements of …


The Western Front Association's Pension Record Card and Ledger Archive

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Understanding the Ledger Indexing This article aims to set out some of the technical aspects of the indexing of - and subcategories that make up - the 'ledgers' in The Western Front Association's collection of Pension Record Cards. These ledgers have been scanned and digitised by our partner, Ancestry.co.uk and are available on their fold3 websi…


Battle of the Falklands 1914

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 “We landed to bury our dead.  The dignified memorial service in Port Stanley Cathedral, and the sight of four boy buglers of Invincible, with tears streaming down their cheeks, blowing the Last Post over the graves of their comrades, are imperishable memories.”  Thus wrote Lloyd Hirst who, as Assistant Paymaster in HMS Glasgow, was one of the of…