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008: Summer 1983

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030: Winter 1990

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075: January 2006

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Friends are Good on the Day of Battle: The 51st (Highland) Division During the First World War

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Review by Bob Wyatt. Friends are Good on the Day of Battle, an important evaluation of the 51st (Highland) Division, is the is the latest of several books about the formation which began with in 1920s  with the substantial and quite reliable History of the Highland Division by Major Bewsher and culminated in Campbell’s Empire of Destruction in 201…


The Somme Film - Some Notes Gun Fire

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[This article first appeared in the Yorkshire Branch journal ‘Gun Fire’ Book 1 1985 pp9 - 15. The entire series of 59 editions published between 1985 and 2004 has been digitised by The Western Front Association and is available to members via their Member Login. A list of all articles across the 59 editions is available by clicking on the icon be…


ONLINE VIRTUAL TOUR #3 'The Bitter End: The Highland Division at Beaumont Hamel, November 1916'

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This digital virtual tour of the Somme battlefield will 'go live' on 13 January 2022 at 7.30pm UK time. (There is no pre-registration for this event) This tour will follow the 51st (Highland) Division during their operations in and around Beaumont Hamel during the November of 1916. It will consider the lessons learnt from the 1st July attack and …


16 November 1916 : 2nd Lt Theodore Ionides, 2nd Bn, Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry.

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He was the son of Alexander Constantine Ionides and his wife Calliope Michael (formerly Zarifi) and they lived at 34 Porchester Terrace, Hyde Park, London. His father was a merchant, engineer, stockbroker and the company director of Ralli Bothers of Manchester. (Emphasizing Britishness, their advertising stated ‘family over 100 years in England’…


'We Dusted Them Off Good - The German Army on the Somme 1914-1916' with Alastair Fraser

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Alastair Fraser's talk titled 'We dusted them off good' - The German Army on the Somme 1914-16' is an examination of the German Army in the Beaumont Hamel sector, particularly the regiments of 26 Reserve Division. It also looks at how the Germans defeated the British so comprehensively on 1st July 1916. Alastair Fraser is a well-known speaker and …


Hawthorn Ridge Crater Commemoration - 1st July 2024

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One of the most iconic sequences of film footage from the First World War is undoubtedly Geoffrey Malin's capture of the Hawthorn Redoubt Mine being detonated at 7.20am on 1st July 1916 and the subsequent failure of the attack made by the 29th Division in the Beaumont Hamel area. The annual commemoration ceremony organised by the Hawthorn Ridge Cr…


Beaumont Hamel - 51st (Highland) Division and Hawthorn Crater Commemorations

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On the 13th November 1916, in one of the final engagements of the Battle of the Somme, the 51st (Highland) Division advanced on and finally captured Beaumont Hamel, which had been a first-day objective on the 1st July. To remember the sacrifices made on that day, there will be a commemoration at the 51st (Highland) Division Flagstaff in the centre…


Hawthorn Ridge: Then and Now, by Rick Smith

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The H.R.C.A., is an association set up to rescue, protect, and preserve this iconic site. The members have done a considerable amount of research concerning all aspects of this crater. This talk will give a history of the area from its early occupation, the plan, and execution of the blowing of the mine on 1st July 1916, and its filming by Geoffrey…