A grant to buy a drum

A grant to buy a drum

Acting-Sergeant Jesse Byford was given a pension when he was discharged on the 31st October 1917, as…

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William Barnard Rhodes-Moorhouse – the first aviator VC

William Barnard Rhodes-Moorhouse – the first aviator VC

One of the original ‘magnificent men’, the story of William Barnard Rhodes-Moorhouse is truly fascin…

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The Landings at Sedd-el-Bahr, Gallipoli

The Landings at Sedd-el-Bahr, Gallipoli

One of the most difficult military operations that can be undertaken is that of an opposed amphibiou…

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St George’s Day at Zeebrugge

St George’s Day at Zeebrugge

One of the reasons for Britain and her Empire going to war in 1914 was because of the perceived dang…

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Not such a pretty postcard from the seaside camp at Seaford during the First World War

Not such a pretty postcard from the seaside camp at Seaford during the Firs…

Set up in a hurry in the opening months of the First World War Seaford Camp in Sussex on England's…

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Chelsea and the disabled soldier

Chelsea and the disabled soldier

At the outbreak of war in 1914 each of the two great military departments, the War Office and the Ad…

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Life and death on the North Sea

Life and death on the North Sea

Perhaps the subtitle of this piece should be “Just One Week”.  For that was the length of time one o…

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John Christie Wright - Artist and Sculptor

John Christie Wright - Artist and Sculptor

Behind every name on a war memorial there is a story, but that of John Christie Wright, commemorated…

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The Labyrinth and the 6th Seaforth Highlanders

The Labyrinth and the 6th Seaforth Highlanders

The Labyrinth was a maze of trenches at the southern end of the Vimy Ridge, north east of the villag…

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John Duxbury of 'The Miners Battalion'

John Duxbury of 'The Miners Battalion'

Many local organisations were motivated to assist the war effort. They did this by recruiting men wh…

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The Cavalry at Monchy-le-Preux

The Cavalry at Monchy-le-Preux

The Battle of Arras started on 9 April – Easter Monday – 1917. The most famous action in this battle…

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The Search for Daniel Lightfoot

The Search for Daniel Lightfoot

The search began with the war memorial on the wall of a former pub, the Dog & Partridge, 5 Hot L…

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