The Short, Sad Military Career of Thomas Adams

The Short, Sad Military Career of Thomas Adams

My collaborator in compiling a Roll of Honour for Burslem, Mick Rowson, was recently attempting to m…

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Robert ‘Bobbie’ Loraine M.C.  :  Actor-Airman

Robert ‘Bobbie’ Loraine M.C. : Actor-Airman

The once-renowned Robert ‘Bobbie’ Lorraine is now an obscure figure. Born on 14 January 1876 in N…

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Mervyn Johns, First World War RFC Pilot and film actor

Mervyn Johns, First World War RFC Pilot and film actor

Mervyn Johns was born on 18 February 1899 at Pembroke. He was a medical student at a London Hosp…

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John Laurie : Shakespearean actor and Private Fraser in the BBC's Dads Army

John Laurie : Shakespearean actor and Private Fraser in the BBC's Dads Army…

John Laurie was born 25 March 1897 in Dumfries and was destined to be an architect before the Great …

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Ronald Colman : London Scottish, British Stage Actor, Broadway, Film Actor, Radio and TV Star

Ronald Colman : London Scottish, British Stage Actor, Broadway, Film Actor,…

[This short profile of the actor Ronald Coleman first appeared in a piece by Mark Bristow titled 'Se…

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Lieutenant Philip St John Basil Rathbone aka Sherlock Holmes

Lieutenant Philip St John Basil Rathbone aka Sherlock Holmes

[This short profile of the stage, film and later TV actor Basil Rathbone first appeared in a piece b…

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Arnold Ridley aka Private Godfrey of Dads Army

Arnold Ridley aka Private Godfrey of Dads Army

[This short profile of the actor and playwright Arnold Ridley first appeared in a piece by Mark Bris…

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The strangest dog fight of the war?

The strangest dog fight of the war?

The German Albatros aeroplane shown here is preserved at the AWM in Australia. It was shot down duri…

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The First World War in the Classroom: Teaching and the Construction of Cultural Memory

The First World War in the Classroom: Teaching and the Construction of Cult…

[This article first appeared in Bulletin 99 August 20214] Barely forty-eight hours into the first…

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Christmas Day 1914 – Goodwill to all men?

Christmas Day 1914 – Goodwill to all men?

Much has been written about the Christmas Day ‘Truce’ on 25 December 1914 – while the popular image …

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The Sinking of the RMS Apapa

The Sinking of the RMS Apapa

It was towards 4 o'clock on the morning of November 28th, 1917, with a choppy sea running - cold, da…

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A Father’s Search

A Father’s Search

For many families of ‘the missing’, the absence of a known grave in the immediate aftermath of the w…

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