Death of a spy: Charles Simon

Death of a spy: Charles Simon

‘Project Hometown’ has brought to light many fascinating, tragic and sometimes uncomfortable stories. However, one of th…

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SS Laurentic: A story of Gold Bullion, Crime and Intrigue and loss of life that helped change the course of WW1.

SS Laurentic: A story of Gold Bullion, Crime and Intrigue and loss of life that helpe…

This story begins with an ordinary Pension Card that relates to a 20 year old Royal Marine named Frederick Went. Freder…

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Lieutenant-Commander Frederick 'Sep' Kelly - Olympic Gold 1908, Performer and Composer

Lieutenant-Commander Frederick 'Sep' Kelly - Olympic Gold 1908, Performer and Compose…

Frederick 'Sep' ‘Cleg’ Kelly, the Olympic gold medal rower, pianist and officer in the Royal Naval Division who was kill…

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The Battle of Mughar Ridge: One soldier's story

The Battle of Mughar Ridge: One soldier's story

By the autumn of 1917, the allied forces had advanced from Egypt and were on the verge of advancing into Palestine. Two …

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Letters to the Unknown Warrior

Letters to the Unknown Warrior

Letters from students to the Unknown Warrior.  On the centenary of the burial of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abb…

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Two brothers, but in different armies

Two brothers, but in different armies

It is not unusual to find brothers who were killed in the Great War. It is, however, unusual to find brothers who fought…

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Died one day, buried two day later by his father

Died one day, buried two day later by his father

On 8 November 1915 a young officer - 2/Lt Kenneth Wilcox - was killed whilst serving in the 8th Queen's (Royal West Surr…

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The loss of Royal Navy monitor 'M-15'

The loss of Royal Navy monitor 'M-15'

HMS 'M-15' was a First World War Royal Navy M15-class monitor. She was sunk off Gaza by German Submarine UC-38 on 11 Nov…

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Billy Brewer, the Wiltshire footballer

Billy Brewer, the Wiltshire footballer

William Arthur Brewer was born in Chippenham, Wiltshire and was the son of George and Sarah Brewer of 81, Wood Lane, Chi…

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The Aristocrats' Cemetery at Zillebeke

The Aristocrats' Cemetery at Zillebeke

(This article is taken from Stand To! No 90, published Dec 2010/January 2011. You can receive copies of Stand To! by bec…

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The youngest Colonel?

The youngest Colonel?

We often think of ‘young soldiers’ in the Great War, we often think in terms of those who were killed aged 17 or younger…

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The British Invasion or 'The Western Front without the Trenches'

The British Invasion or 'The Western Front without the Trenches'

[This article first appeared in Bulletin No. 117  Pages 21-24. Western Front Association members received both this maga…

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