The first French observation balloon of the Great War shot down

The first French observation balloon of the Great War shot down

October 9,1915; 7am on the Somme-Suippe-Perthe, Marne, Part of the champagne region. 20th co…

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Holzminden ‘Colditz’ of the First World War?

Holzminden ‘Colditz’ of the First World War?

The Second World War is probably more associated with escape exploits of prisoners of war – but ther…

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Those 48 hours of torment

Those 48 hours of torment

James William Thornton was born in Bethnal Green London in 1895 and worked initially as an indoor me…

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A German cemetery in the Vosges battlefield

A German cemetery in the Vosges battlefield

In the early days of the war, burials in the Vosges battlefields often took place in the forests whe…

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The Accrington Pals’ ‘Dug-Out’ of Distinction – Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Wilmot Rickman

The Accrington Pals’ ‘Dug-Out’ of Distinction – Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur W…

On 16 October 1925, 51 year-old Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Wilmot Rickman had alighted from his car i…

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Devils in Skirts: George Findlater VC

Devils in Skirts: George Findlater VC

The tradition of pipers leading soldiers into battle was not a Great War phenomenon – it had develop…

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The sinking of the RMS Falaba

The sinking of the RMS Falaba

The RMS Falaba was sunk by a German submarine on 28 March 1915. This incident, and that of the sinki…

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A Family at War

A Family at War

One of the most persistent and annoying heresies about the past is that it was much simpler than the…

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Tom Roberts’ letters home

Tom Roberts’ letters home

Tom Roberts was born in Llanelli in South Wales, attended Park Street School, the Higher Grade Schoo…

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Brothers buried together

Brothers buried together

The Western Front Association’s Pension Record Cards have been very useful in numerous ways – one of…

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Census 1841 to 2021

Census 1841 to 2021

Anyone researching a person who served during the First World War will have some methods in common, …

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Sergeant Alexander Edwards VC

Sergeant Alexander Edwards VC

Alexander Edwards was born in Lossiemouth on 4 November 1885, the son of Alexander and Jessie Edward…

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