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7 August 1915 : L/Cpl Harold Owen

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His parents were William (then 59) and Rebecca (40). He was christened that September. The parents and older siblings worked in silk weaving. Both his father and mother died in April 1891 when Harold was 3 1/2. Having much older siblings it would appear they raised him. Twenty years later, age 23, Howard was living with his sisters Sarah Ann (38) a…


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…


010: Spring 1984

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025: Spring 1989

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062: September 2001

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065: September 2002

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076: April 2006

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084: December 2008/January 2009

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Stand To! No.1 to No.123 Full Contents Listing

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Stand To! 1-121 Content Stand To  1 Spring 1981 Editorial Notes (Peter T. Scott) Serving members of the Western Front Association Early Days, New Paths and Acknowledgements Inaugural Meeting: John Terraine's Address. Historian John Terraine berates those who indulge in ‘purely tragic pilgrimages to the Western Front’. The Loving Care of the…


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 Australian Imperial Force 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 March 1917 for a m…


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 we…


7 February 1917 : Pte Eustace Delano Fishbourne

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Only son of Lieut-Col Joseph Fishbourne RAMC, a retired doctor (born in Ireland) and of Edith (née Brind) Fishbourne of Westbourne Park villas, London. At the 1901 Census father, mother and son (and live in domestic servant) were living at 59 White Lodge, Crawford Hill, Kent.  Eustace was educated first at Allen House Prep School, Guildford and…


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 …


The African American Experience in World War One

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History, world war and the aftermath in the US and France   Many African Americans felt that the war they fought in 1918/1919 was not with the Germans but with fellow Americans - white men and women, officers, nurses, the police and the public who did not want to see a them in uniform. These eight books will help you understand >  The Unknow…


ONLINE : 'Northampton Conscientious Objectors’ – John Buckell.

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Milton Keynes WFA Zoom presentation   The First World War was the first time compulsory military conscription had been introduced in Britain, and Tribunals were set up in 1916 to hear appeals for exemption from the armed services. This was a struggle to recruit men to the armed forces to win the war, but also to establish the moral right of indivi…


ONLINE: 'Arthur and Adeline - a true story of WW1 bravery and romance' by Dennis Claridge

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Caption: Arthur Cima MM and Adeline Guidotti This online talk: goes live at 19:30 for a 19:45 start, ending at about 20:45. Participating is quick and easy. The only equipment you need is a computer, or a tablet, or a smart phone. Simply email wfa.nwkent@gmail.com for your link. We'll also automatically add you to the mailing list to keep you up…


ONLINE: Bullecourt, staff planning processes for the Australian operations in April and May 1917 by Dr Meleah Hampton

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The presentation will be live and online.  Dr Meleah Hampton, the Australian military historian and researcher at the Australian War Memorial, will present a talk on how the two Australian battles that we call 1st and 2nd Bullecourt were planned and executed. Based on her analysis of Australian corps and divisional archives, Meleah will look…