Alias Smith and Brown

Alias Smith and Brown

In 2014 a group by the name of Dewsbury Sacrifices was formed with the primary intention of research…

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Courage and devotion to duty: 62357 Sgt. Ernest Bashford, 199 Siege Battery

Courage and devotion to duty: 62357 Sgt. Ernest Bashford, 199 Siege Battery…

Family history research revealed at least five relatives who served in the Royal Garrison Artillery …

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From the Suvla Plain to Victory: William Ralph Peel

From the Suvla Plain to Victory: William Ralph Peel

On the 16 November 1918, Lt Col William Ralph Peel and the men in his 10/Manchester Regiment were li…

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Ivor Gurney: Composer, Poet, Soldier

Ivor Gurney: Composer, Poet, Soldier

Ivor Gurney was born at 3 Queen Street, Gloucester, in 1890, as the second of four surviving childre…

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Capt James Donaldson Boswall: Boer War to Great War

Capt James Donaldson Boswall: Boer War to Great War

James Donaldson Boswall was born in Madras, India in November 1870, the only son of Major-General Ro…

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‘Two years in the making. Ten minutes in the destroying’ – A Sheffield soldier at the heart of ‘Covenant with Death’.

‘Two years in the making. Ten minutes in the destroying’ – A Sheffield sold…

John Harris’s 1961 book, ‘Covenant with Death’, is a well-known ‘fictionary’ account of the Sheffiel…

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Howitzers, wounds and a pension

Howitzers, wounds and a pension

“The war of 1914-18 was an artillery war: artillery was the battle winner, artillery was what caused…

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General Sir Henry Wilson and the Disaster at Vimy - The German attack on IV Corps

General Sir Henry Wilson and the Disaster at Vimy - The German attack on IV…

If anyone who has an interest in the Great War is asked name an event associated with Vimy Ridge, it…

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One Man’s Lifelong Link to Vimy - Donald Wood's Story

One Man’s Lifelong Link to Vimy - Donald Wood's Story

In July 1936, the impressive Canadian National Vimy Memorial was unveiled by King Edward VIII in fro…

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Grandad’s war is worth remembering

Grandad’s war is worth remembering

For many people interested in the First World War, initial enthusiasm can often be traced back to an…

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Riding through the ruins of war on the Circuit des Champs de Bataille

Riding through the ruins of war on the Circuit des Champs de Bataille

In April 1919, barely six months after hostilities had ceased, the toughest bicycle race in history …

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The original long distance bombers

The original long distance bombers

Most of us are familiar with the RAF bombing campaigns of the Second World War, but few are aware th…

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