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7 August 1915 L/Cpl Harold Owen, 1/8th Bn Manchester Regt.

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Harold Owen was born in Macclesfield, Cheshire to parents William (then 59) and Rebecca (40) in the August 1888 and christened that September. The parents and older siblings worked in silk weaving. Both his father and mother died 3 1/2 years later in April 1891. Having much older siblings it would appear they raised him. Twenty years later, age 23,…


9 August 1915 : CPL Alexander Burton VC

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Alexander Stewart Burton was born on 20 January 1893 in Euroa, Victoria in Australia. On enlisting, age 21 1/2, then an ironmonger, on 18 August 1914, he joined the 7th Battalion Australian Imperial Force. He had served for 4 years in the cadets.  On 19 October 1914 her embarked at Melbourne on active service. He was wounded 25 May 1815, re…


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062: September 2001

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084: December 2008/January 2009

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The Battle of Cambrai - why did it succeed and what went wrong?

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The Battle of Cambrai in November 1917 turned out, for both Britain and Germany, to be a major signpost showing how to break the trench deadlock of the previous three years. The lessons of the operational successes and failures would be digested by both sides over the forthcoming winter. For the British, especially, the battle failed to live up to …


26 May 1918: Pte William James Archbold

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A farmer from Mackay, Queensland, William enlisted, age 18 into the AIF on 21 February 1916 and embarked from Sydney (for the UK) on 22 December the same year. Training in the UK at Codford and Bulford, he spent a month in Parkhouse Military Hospital, Bulford. He underwent Field Punishment No 2 for 7 days in Marhc 1917 for a misdemeanour in April. …


Release of ‘Mutiny’ : Black British veterans tell their story of the Great War

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A secret history of the First World War that the British Empire tried to hide” Black British veterans tell their story of the Great War. Now available on Amazon Prime 102 year old interviewee Gershom Browne Gresham Browne as a solder in 1915- age 18 In 1914 as the Great War began the majority of the British Empire’s non-white population wer…


'Australia at war at home and on the front line' with Alastair Fraser

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Alastair Fraser will be giving a talk he calls 'Dinkum diggers and bad characters' which is about Australia at war at home and on the front line. 

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IMAGES: Pictures Collection, State Library of Victoria. Recruits arriving at Broadmeadows Military Camp in 1914. Australian and New Zealand soldiers, Gallipoli Peninsula, 1915. 


7 February 1917 : Pte Eustace Delano Fishbourne

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Only son of Lieut-Col Joseph Fishbourne RAMC and of Edith (née Brind) Fishbourne of Westbourne Park villas, London. Educated Allen House Prep School, Guildford and King’s School, Canterbury. Eustace went to Western Australia in April 1910 and later took up farming and stock breeding. Joined the Australian Imperial Force early 1916 having been…


2 August 1916 : 292 L/Cpl Stephen Henry (Harry) Horrocks

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Son of Henry Horrocks and Mary Ann.  The family had emigrated from Lancashire to Australia and lived at Palmyra, Forrest Street, Freemantle, Western Australia.  Stephen had been a mill hand before the war. He enlisted in Perth, 2 March 1915 and attended a medical in Bunbury on the same day. His service record states that he was 5ft 5in tall wi…