The Chatsworth Rifles raid at Richebourg

The Chatsworth Rifles raid at Richebourg

An ideal way to obtain an understanding of the First World War is through reading the memoirs of those who served in the…

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The Battle of the Boar's Head

The Battle of the Boar's Head

Lord Kitchener's famous call for volunteers "Your Country Needs You" resulted in an overwhelming response with hundreds …

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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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The discovery and identification of the Beaucamps Ligny Fifteen

The discovery and identification of the Beaucamps Ligny Fifteen

In the autumn of 2009, during excavation work for a building project, human remains were discovered between the villages…

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Zeppelins over Norfolk

Zeppelins over Norfolk

The First World War was a conflict of many firsts. While the Great War saw the debut of mass public recruitment as well …

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We Rest Below the Waves

We Rest Below the Waves

Stoker 1st Class Herbert Allcorn had already served five years in the Royal Navy and was on Reserve when he was called b…

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The world’s largest pre-atomic explosion: Halifax Harbour 1917

The world’s largest pre-atomic explosion: Halifax Harbour 1917

Not all fatalities that occurred in the First World War were as a direct result of enemy action. There are many examples…

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Battle of the Falklands 1914

Battle of the Falklands 1914

“We landed to bury our dead.  The dignified memorial service in Port Stanley Cathedral, and the sight of four boy bugle…

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New Year's Day 1915: The unknown 'Battle of Broken Hill'

New Year's Day 1915: The unknown 'Battle of Broken Hill'

Whilst the vast majority of First World War actions took place in France and Belgium, there were other theatres of war i…

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