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Our March 2017 Newsletter

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  Welcome to the March Newsletter.  Those of you able to come to our meetings will, I am sure, agree with me that we have already had a diverse and fascinating selection of talks so far this year.  Many thanks to Nigel and Norman for their hard work in arranging this for us.  The topical picture this month is of HMS Hardy an  Acasta-class destro…


'No Parades' – A song for the end of the World War I

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Members of The Western Front Association might be interested in a new song, commissioned by 'Away from the Western Front', a charity which is looking at the First World War outside Western Europe – in Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Macedonia, Libya, Tanzania and many other countries. The song is called ‘No Parades’.   It is in the style of a so…


2 January 1918 : Spr William Balderstone

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Parents William and Susan Balderstone. A general labourer like his father before the war, William married to Mary Ann (née Abra) in 1907. Four years later they adopted a son, George who was 4 years old when his father enlisted. William died, aged 35, of dysentery whilst serving in Egypt. He is now buried at the Hadra War Memorial Cemetery in Alex…


24 June 1917: Capt. William Parkinson Holt

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Parents Richard (a surgeon) and Maggie (née Parkinson). One of three boys, at the 1901 Census the family  lived in a 14 roomed house with three domestic servants on Albert Road, Southport.  William attended Burnley Grammar School and received a scholarship to Aldenham. After moving to Didsbury with his parents he spent the years leading up to …


1 July 1916 : Charles Stonehouse

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His father was Francis Stonehouse, a draper and his mother Mary Ann Stonehouse. One of seven children, Charles went on to train as an architect.   At the 1891 England Census that family lived at 32 Adelaide Terrace (all seven children and two live in domestic servants). By the time of the 1901 England Census the family lived at 42 Adelaide Terrace…


20 July 1916 : Pte. Alexander McGregor McKenzie

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He was a farmer. He enlisted at Keswick, South Australia on 7 May 1915 and embarked on overseas service from Adelaide aboard HMAT Kanowna on 23 June 1915. After serving at Gallipoli with the 27th Bn AIF from September 1915, Alexander moved to Egypt. After a period of illness, he transferred to the 32nd Battalion and moved to France, arrivi…


21 April 1917: Pte David John Rees

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Youngest son of Samuel Rees (a farmer in 1901 who died later that year) and Margaret (née Haries)  Educated Mydrim Council School Age 19 in 1911 he’s working as a miner and living with his cousins (an entirely bilingual family) in Fronheulog, Tycroes, Pantyffynnon.  He joined the Pembrokeshire Yeomanry in August 1914 and served with the Egyptian…


7 May 1918 : 2nd Lieut. John Leslie Godfrey

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4th son of Joseth (a chartered secretary) and Louisa (née William) Godfrey from Finsbury Park. 1901 John was 6, and living at home with his parents, his 4 sisters and 3 brothers and a nursemaid.  1911 now age 16, John was living at home still with his parents, 4 sisters and 4 brothers, a visitor and 2 servants in their 14 roomed house, 31 Woodb…


18 May 1917 : Richard John Grandin

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Parents Elias Grandin and Louise (née Alix). Richard was educated first at Victoria College, Jersey and on the Training Ship Conway and then at the Lycée St. Breuc, France.  At the 1911 Census Richard was at home in Jersey with his now widowed father, older sister and three domestic servants. His mother Louis had died that January 1911. R…


“He spent his dear boy’s life for England” - The tragic story of 2/Lt Stewart Ridley

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Engine failure was a persistent hazard for fliers during the Great War, often with fatal consequences.  Here we have the story of a gallant young airman who met his end in a dreadful way due to a malfunctioning engine. Stewart Ridley was born on 6 July 1896, the second son of Mr and Mrs T. W. Ridley of Willimoteswick, in Redcar, North Yorkshire, a…


29 July 1918 : Charles Foster

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Second son of William Foster (who owned a brass foundry he had founded) and Emma (née Haig - no relation) At the 1881 England Census the parents had four children and two domestic servants and lived at 63 Savile Park Road, Halifax In March 1881 Charles’s mother died and his younger brother Harold died in June that year. At 2 years old Charles w…


19 November 1917 : Sgt James William Blake

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Of 1 King Street, Burnley, James enlisted into the 5th Bn East Lancs (Regtl. Number 2991) on 15 October 1914. A book-keeper by trade, he was also associated with the town's theatrical businesses on a part-time basis. After volunteering for active duty, he proceeded overseas in March 1915, serving in Egypt and Gallipoli with the 1/5th battalion be…


Cecil Patrick Healy: the only Australian Olympic Gold medalist to die in war

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Cecil Patrick Healy - the only Australian Olympic Gold medalist to die in war – was a prominent figure in the swimming world in Australia and beyond, for more than 15 years. An early proponent of the new crawl stroke and the side breathing technique, he contributed articles to the press about swimming and surf-bathing. Above: Cecil Healy picture…