A Suitable Woman For The Job

A Suitable Woman For The Job

It's rare to find any reference to the background of women who served as military nurses during the Great War. Published…

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British Military Nurses and the Great War: a Guide to the Services

British Military Nurses and the Great War: a Guide to the Services

Little has been written about British military nurses during the Great War, and few primary sources have survived, which…

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Blacks v. Whites 29 April 1919 Winchester, Hampshire

Blacks v. Whites 29 April 1919 Winchester, Hampshire

Blacks v. Whites Fight at Winchester Camp. A dozen men wounded. This shocking headline appeared in the Hampshire Teleg…

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The forgotten front: East Africa 1914-1918

The forgotten front: East Africa 1914-1918

In Britain, most of the commemorative anniversaries held to mark events or battles or the First World War have been main…

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A grant to buy a drum

A grant to buy a drum

Acting-Sergeant Jesse Byford was given a pension when he was discharged on the 31st October 1917, as “no longer physical…

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William Barnard Rhodes-Moorhouse – the first aviator VC

William Barnard Rhodes-Moorhouse – the first aviator VC

One of the original ‘magnificent men’, the story of William Barnard Rhodes-Moorhouse is truly fascinating. What may not…

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The Landings at Sedd-el-Bahr, Gallipoli

The Landings at Sedd-el-Bahr, Gallipoli

One of the most difficult military operations that can be undertaken is that of an opposed amphibious  landing on an ene…

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St George’s Day at Zeebrugge

St George’s Day at Zeebrugge

One of the reasons for Britain and her Empire going to war in 1914 was because of the perceived danger to the UK’s marit…

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Not such a pretty postcard from the seaside camp at Seaford during the First World War

Not such a pretty postcard from the seaside camp at Seaford during the First World Wa…

Set up in a hurry in the opening months of the First World War Seaford Camp in Sussex on England's south coast wasn’t …

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Chelsea and the disabled soldier

Chelsea and the disabled soldier

At the outbreak of war in 1914 each of the two great military departments, the War Office and the Admiralty, dealt with …

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Life and death on the North Sea

Life and death on the North Sea

Perhaps the subtitle of this piece should be “Just One Week”.  For that was the length of time one of my paternal uncles…

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John Christie Wright - Artist and Sculptor

John Christie Wright - Artist and Sculptor

Behind every name on a war memorial there is a story, but that of John Christie Wright, commemorated on the Rothiemay wa…

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