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Our April 2017 Newsletter


  Wellington Quarry, Arras Welcome to the April Branch Newsletter, I hope that you are able to enjoy the sunnier weather that we have been having.  This month’s topical picture is of one of the exits from the Wellington Quarry in Arras, from which the attacking troops left the safety of the underground tunnels and advanced to the German lines a…

16 November 1917 Pte Joseph Williams died on this day


Born at Cornholme, Lancashire in 1888, Joseph was a carter employed by Barnoldswick Council prior to enlistment. He was conscripted into service at Halifax on 7 June 1916 and, after training with the 3rd West Ridings, was transferred to the 2nd Battalion and sent to France on 13 November 1916. After arriving at Etaples, he was attached to 255 Tunne…

21 November 1917 : Pte George Wilson was reported missing in action on this day


266366 Pte George Wilson, B Coy, 2/6th Bn Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regt The eldest , George worked on his father's dairy farm at Bank House Steeton before the war.  He enlisted into the West Riding Territorials in January 1915 and was sent overseas to join the 62nd Division on the Western Front in February 1917. After taking part in th…

Lancashire North Despatch Issue 18: November 2016


Lancashire North Branch Despatch Issue 18: November 2016 The frontispiece photo shows troops moving from their assembly trenches on 9th April 1917 to attack the German positions east of Arras and amongst them was the 1st Battalion East Lancashire Regiment.  On Page 2 is the story of their Commanding Officer Lieut. Col. Charles James Burke who cho…

The German Army in the Offensives of 1917: Arras, the Aisne and Champagne


By Jack Sheldon Pen and Sword 2015, £25.00, 384pp, 55 ills, 13 maps, notes and refs, 2 appendices (including selective biographical notes, bibliog, index. ISBN: 9– 781–783–463–459 Review by David Filsell This volume of Jack Sheldon’s highly–detailed series of books on the German Army in the Great War follows his usual effective model – employing…

099: January 2014


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The Generals. John Terraine's 1982 Address to The Western Front Association


 [This piece, a transcript of John Terraine's 1982 address, first appeared in Stand To! No. 7 Spring 1983 pp.4- 7] IMAGE (Photo: IWM Q9689) Haig and his Army Commanders at Cambrai, 11 November 1918. First and second rows, left to right: Plumer (Second Army), Byng (Third Army), Haig, Birdwood (Fifth Army), Rawlinson (Fourth Army), Horne (First A…

The Annual General Meeting Address delivered by Mr John Terraine at the AGM on 31 January 1987


[This article first appeared in Stand To ! 20 Summer 1987] pp 7 - 8   First let me say a word of reassurance: it's only a few weeks ago that a number of you will have received a longish burst from me at the National Army Museum on Founder's Day. Don't worry - this time I shan't keep you long. I only want to say two things, really, about ourse…

6 December 1917: 12177 Pte Walter Catlow, 7th Bn East Lancashire Regt


An employee of Messrs Eastwood Ltd, Carriage Proprietors in Burnley, Lancashire, Walter Catlow  He enlisted into the 8th Bn East Lancs, in September 1914 and he travelled with them to France on 1 August 1915. Walter saw his first frontline service in the Foncquevillers sector, and he was a participant in the Battles of the Somme (1916) and Arras (1…

8 December 1917: Pte John William Sugden, 2/6th Bn Duke of Wellington's (W Riding) Regt


John Sugden was employed in his family business prior to his conscription into the army in March 1916. After training, he was sent to the Western Front in February 1917 and saw action during the Battle of Arras, the Hindenburg Line operations and the Battle of Cambrai before being wounded in action near Cambrai. Evacuated to 45 Casualty Clearing S…

A Battle too Far: Arras 1917


By Don Farr Helion, £29.95, 352pp. 16 b/w and 12 col. Ills, 24 b/w maps, footnotes, bibliog, appendices, index. ISBN: 978–191–217–492–8 The fighting around Arras in the spring of 1917 – three battles of the Scarpe and two of Bullecourt – were not the choice of Sir Douglas Haig. They were forced upon him by the interference of British politician…

113: October 2018


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Rez Anton Muller, 1 Komp, 13 Bay Inf Regt (11 Bav Bde, 6 Bav Div)


From Reichsdorf, Anton was 29 years of age when he was killed by a shell during a bombardment on his company positions near Boiry (near Arras) after they had been in action in the vicinity of Bullecourt. A holder of the Iron Cross 2nd Class, he now reposes in the Lens-Sallaumines Soldatenfriedhof. 24 March 1918

8 May 1917: Pte Arthur Chatterton


Arthur was working as a wool sorter in the USA at the time of the outbreak of war. Upon the declaration of war, he returned to the UK and worked as a munitions worker near Glusburn, Yorkshire before enlisting into the East Yorkshire Regiment at Cross Hills, Yorkshire in early 1916. He was sent on active service to the Western Front in November 191…

28 May 1917 : Robert Hilary Lockhart Whitelaw


From Monkland, Nairn, the son of William and Gertrude Whiteland, their home in 1901 was in Kensington where his mother was with her four children and 11 domestic servants including 2 nurses (the youngest was 2), three housemaids, a butler, footman, tutor, a kitchen maid, cook and sewing hard.  At the outbreak of war the Whitelaws were back in Scot…

30 May 1918 : Francis Brunt


Francis Brunt was a hairdresser in business on Trafalgar Street, Burnely. He lived with his young family at 58 Nairne Street, Burnley, Lancashire with his wife Amy who he had married in September 1914.  Francis enlisted in Blackburn on 28 April 1915. He had two young children. After being held on home service duties, Francis embarked for France…

20 June 1917: Cpl Harold Albert Bolton MM


Parents  Farris (a farmer of Irish origins and an MP in the House of Commons, Ottowa) and Elizabeth (née Stewart) living at Pembina, Lisag, Manitoba. They had eight children : five boys and three girls. Two of their children died in childhood. Three of their sons were killed serving during the First World War.  At 1901 Census age 4 Harold was li…

27 December 1915 : Cpl Daniel Dover MM


Daniel was born in 1887 to mother Anne Jane. In 1901, the family lived at 19 Oak Mount St, Burnley. In 1911, now a widower, after the death of her husband Frederick in 1905, Anne lived with her two children Daniel and Florence at 20 Brougham St, Burnley.  Daniel was employed as a weaver, Daniel enlisted into the King's Own Scottish Borderers in Se…

25 January 1916: 2nd Lieut Charles Percival Mattey


His parents were George Mattey (farmer) and Elizabeth Mattey (nee Marden).   Age 2 at the 1891 Census Charles, the 6th of six children, George was living with his family, a governess and general domestic servant at Moor Farmhouse. Ten years later, age 12, in 1901. his father having died, George’s mother is running a boarding house. There are three…

'Somme to Arras' by Andrew Lock


Andrew Lock will be giving a talk he calls 'The Somme to Arras'.    IMAGE: image: Two sets of British soldiers on horseback pull field guns and limbers along a track from left to right through a bomb damaged wood on the Somme. (C) IWM ART 5883 

'The Battle of Arras' by Andy Lock


In this talk Andy Lock will be looking at the Battle of Arras in April/May 1917 where British troops carried out an attack against the German defences near this French city.  

2 April 1917 : Captain Robert Alister Field M.C.


Parents Joseph (a hat manufacturer and employer) and Frances (née Ross)  Educated at Rokeby School, Wimbledon and Dulwich College. In March 1914 he want to Canada, settling in Clearwater, Manitoba, where he became a farmer.  With the outbreak of war he returned to England and joined the Inns of Court OTC and was gazetted 2nd Lieut to the Yorkshi…

5 April 1917: Lieut Harry Atheling Russell Boustead


4th and youngest son of John Boustead and his wife Leila (née Money) of Briar Farm, Edenbridge, Kent.  At the 1901 the family lived at Westfield Parkside, Wimbledon with 8 servants (nurse, cook, parlourmaid, housemaid, groom, kitchenmaid and nursemaid, and above the stables a coachman and his wife).  Educated at Cromer Prep School, where he was…

9 April 1917: Colin Stewart Calder


Parents Ronald and Mary (née Stewart) both originally from Dingwall, Ross-Shire, Scotland. Ronald was an assistant head teacher.  Colin was their third and youngest son. In 1901 Colin, age 6, lived with his parents, five older sisters (including twins Lilly and Alice) and two older brothers, John and Ronald. His oldest sister, 17 year old, was a …

20 April 1918: Lieut Juan Manuel Aldana


Son of Abelardo Aldan of Porthcawl, South Wales, Consul of Colombia, Chile, Venezuela and Ecaudor and Eliza (née Halladay). For many years the Consul based in Southampton.  Educated at Llandaff Cathedral School, Worcester; King’s School, Worcester where he rowed at 2 in the first four at King’s which in March, 1912, won three matches, against Magd…

20 May 1917 : Pte James Ewart


Parents John Ewes of 6 Romilly Road, Cardiff, a Jeweller’s Manager and Charlotte (née Ireland). One of four children, James was educated in Manchester and Wakefield. In 1901 the family lived at 92 Llanfair Road, Cardiff. In 1911, the family lived at 102 Llanfair Road and all three grown up children were working as clerks for various enterprises:…

Placing the Battle of Messines Ridge in context by Peter Simkins


  This is the Foreward to Ian Passingham's Pillars of Fire. The Battle of Messines Ridge June 1917 by Peter Simkins  For the British Dominion divisions serving on the Western Front under Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, 1917 was a year of transition and mixed fortunes. In the collective folk-memory of Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand the…

18 June 1917 : Leonard Patrick Vernon M.C.


Parents Captain William Henry Vernon and Elizabeth (née Sweeney) He was educated at Grove Park School, Wrexham At the 1911 Census, are 16, he was living at home and working as a bank clerk. He had three brothers, one older, two younger. Leornard joined the Manchester University OTC in 1913 and volunteered at the outbreak of war. He obtained his …

5 July 1918 : Brevet Lt Col William Bovet, Royal Engineers


2nd son and eldest child of 5 of Frederick Bovet of London and Shanghai, China Merchant and Mary Love (née Haden).  Educated at Grosvenor School and University College School, Gower Street, London and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich,  Gazetted 25 July 1893, 1895 Bombay Sappers, Commander, Royal Engineers, Mekran Opetation 1898 ; 1 April 1896…