The Soldier who never was: An example of a Change of Name in the Late-Victorian Army

The Soldier who never was: An example of a Change of Name in the Late-Victorian Army

Every student who undertakes research into the personal histories of soldiers who served in the Victorian Army will have…

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The man with two aliases - the explanation

The man with two aliases - the explanation

I read with great interest the recent 'Trench Lines', especially the articles on hard-to-decipher writing, and the man w…

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Blair Swannell - Lion at War

Blair Swannell - Lion at War

Over the years Stand To! editor Jon Cooksey has been involved in co-writing and producing several documentaries for the …

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Bernard Vann VC: Christian Soldier

Bernard Vann VC: Christian Soldier

Over the years Stand To! editor Jon Cooksey has been involved in co-writing and producing several documentaries for the …

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One of the ‘Forty Thieves’ Identified - Percy Fussell MM – Northampton Saints and the ‘Liverpool Irish’

One of the ‘Forty Thieves’ Identified - Percy Fussell MM – Northampton Saints and the…

It’s a photograph we had seen before, without perhaps looking at it properly.  An extraordinary image of hardened men, j…

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Olympian and Composer: Frederick Septimus Kelly

Olympian and Composer: Frederick Septimus Kelly

Over the years Stand To! editor Jon Cooksey has been involved in co-writing and producing several documentaries for the …

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German Memorials on the Western Front

German Memorials on the Western Front

One of the consequences of the German occupation of France during the First World War was that their occupation became f…

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The loss of HMT Dane

The loss of HMT Dane

Like most youngsters growing up in the 60s and 70s The Great War was a long time ago, and although my Grandad, Fred Boot…

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Oddities in the Pension Records

Oddities in the Pension Records

Within the Pension Records that The Western Front Association have saved are hundreds of thousands of cards for pension …

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Stewart McVey: The soldier with TWO aliases

Stewart McVey: The soldier with TWO aliases

One of the many names listed on Le Touret Memorial to the Missing is that of Corporal Stewart McVey. Aged just 18 he was…

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Memories of Verdun by Francois Wikart

Memories of Verdun by Francois Wikart

The following article is based on the recollections of General Caloni and recollections of the authors’ grandfather’s ex…

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John Shirley - the soldier with two commemorations

John Shirley - the soldier with two commemorations

The 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles was a regular battalion, which for most of the war was part of the 8th Division. A…

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