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Amongst the First To Fall - Early Casualties of the Royal Flying Corps in August 1914


Death was not a stranger to the Royal Flying Corps even before the British Empire commenced hostilities against Germany on 4 August 1914.  Between the founding of the Corps on 13 May 1912 and the outbreak of War twenty-seven months later the Military Wing suffered the loss of twenty airmen in aeroplane accidents. Nevertheless, the RFC carried on wi…

The Diary of Dr. Cyril Helm, D.S.O., O.B.E., M.C. (1888 - 1972) August 1914


The following are taken without alteration from daily entries made in an Army Book 129 whilst Dr. Helm was the medical officer attached to the 2nd Battalion Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. I mobilised with the 2nd Battalion of the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, 5th Division, stationed at Portobello Barracks, Dublin. On August 14th 1914 …

Who was the first British soldier to be killed in the First World War in 1914?


It is often asserted that the first British soldier to be killed in the war is buried very close to the last soldier to be killed, at St Symphorien Military Cemetery, Belgium. Indeed, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission note that Private John Parr, who was killed on 21 August 1914, is 'Believed to be the first British battle casualty of the war.…

The Safe Passage of BEF Troopships August 1914


Comparatively little outside of the Official History has been written about the defensive measures established to cover the initial transport of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) to the continent in August 1914 and that may well be because of their success. The Royal Navy, with its traditional global perspective, had held little enthusiasm for…

'Hunted With All The Hounds, 24th August - The Day After Mons' with Sean Godfrey


Historically accepted at the first day of the 'Great Retreat' the vicious engagements of the 24th August are often forgotten. However British casualties on this day were higher than for the Battle of Mons. This talk looks at the actions of the day, in particular Frameries, Wasmes, Elouges and Audregnies.

August 1914 with Mark Rowe


As the watershed month when England went from peace to war, it is the ideal place and time to take stock of the country. How happy and united was it, how did people react to war? Were the suffragette, trade union, socialist and Irish home rule movements as important as some feared or hoped? And, as the BEF blundered into the German Army and retreat…

The Middlesex Regiment at Mons - a talk by Jonathan Steer


Branch member Jonathan Steer will present a talk about the Middlesex Regiment at Mons, an action at which a family member served. Meet from 7:30 for an 8pm start in the bar area of the village hall at Hatfield Peverel. The bar is available. There is parking on site. Requested entrance donation of £3.50 and, as ever, the talk is open to members an…

August 1914 by Bruno Cabanes


One of the positive features of modern Great War scholarship is the number of books that allow historians to understand the conflict from the perspective of another of the combatant nations. Bruno Cabanes’ August 1914 tells the story of France, and French society, in that cataclysmic first month of the war. Cabanes not only draws on government arc…