Royal Automobile Club Volunteer Force 1914

Royal Automobile Club Volunteer Force 1914

In August 1914 the British Expeditionary Force embarked for France and was considered the most professional army ever to…

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The first footballer killed in 1914: Larrett Roebuck of Huddersfield Town

The first footballer killed in 1914: Larrett Roebuck of Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town full-back Larrett Roebuck was the first professional footballer from the English Leagues to be killed …

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The Baron and the Barmaid

The Baron and the Barmaid

Sir John French, the commander-in-chief of the BEF until December 1915 was one of the many Anglo-Irish who served in the…

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Absolution at Aubers

Absolution at Aubers

Although the Battle of Neuve Chapelle in March 1915 had given grounds for optimism, in the weeks following this battle, …

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'Aces Low': The Wimbledon Champion at Aubers

'Aces Low': The Wimbledon Champion at Aubers

In the years leading up to the First World War, one of the most famous sportsmen of the Edwardian era was Anthony (Tony)…

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Medal Index Cards

Medal Index Cards

During the late part of the First World War the Army Medal Office began a system of making out an index card for each in…

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Aubers Ridge 9 May 1915: The Unpleasant Truth

Aubers Ridge 9 May 1915: The Unpleasant Truth

The 'battle' of Aubers Ridge - it appears ridiculous to call it so - fits perfectly the stereo-typical vision of the Bri…

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British Corps Commanders in the Great War

British Corps Commanders in the Great War

As identified by Andrew Simpson in his PhD thesis,[1] there is remarkably little written about British Corps command in …

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Two men with five names: The Curious Case of Cornelius Costello

Two men with five names: The Curious Case of Cornelius Costello

The image of the headstone below - which is in Dover (St James's) Cemetery - is perhaps not terribly unusual. It names a…

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The loss of HMS Bulwark

The loss of HMS Bulwark

Losses of life in the First World War are more often than not attributed to engagements in battle or enemy action of som…

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'Rikki' Little: Australia's Greatest Ace

'Rikki' Little: Australia's Greatest Ace

As the ‘Camel’ pilot approached dark shape in the gloom of the late May evening, he recognised it as a Gotha bomber – on…

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The British Route to War

The British Route to War

Britain's entry into the Great War is far more complex than the reason for the country embarking on the Second World War…

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