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29 October 1914 : Pte John Bradley

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Living at 113 Sandygate, Burnley at the time of his re-enlistment in August 1914, John had originally seen boy service with the Manchesters since late September 1901. A recalled reservist, he landed in France on 8 October 1914 seeing service in the area of Richebourg. Whilst holding the line in the vicinity of Festubert on 29 October 1914, John's …


087: December 2009/January 2010

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090: December 2010/January 2011

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4 January 1919: Pte Robert Dewart

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Robert Dewart was a general labourer before the war. He was married to Annie McIntyre and they had one child. He enlisted in January 1915 and was sent to France in May 1915 where the 1/6th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders were over the following three years engaged in: The Battle of Festubert, 1915; The Somme in 1916; Third Ypres, in 1917 and eve…


9 May 1915: Jacques Eugène Valfort

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Jacques was in preparation for his compulsory military service when war broke out. Called up into the 17th Infantry Regiment at Epinal in September 1914, he was soon serving at the front and, by the end of 1914 was located in the Artois sector where he was to remain for his entire service. Jacques was killed in action during the intensive ba…


A Perspective on the Western Front by an Indian Army Office on the Western Front by Dr DeWitt C Ellinwood

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[This article first appeared in Stand To! No.63 January 2002 pp 29-32. Members of The Western Front Association have access to the full digital archive running to 116 editions and some 2000 articles such as this one}. When Britain entered the war in August 1914, it was immediately apparent that the British Isles could not supply the number of troo…


The Indian Corps on the Western Front by Simon Doherty and Tom Donovan

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Richly illustrated throughout, with clear maps and explanatory plans, many contemporary black and white photographs and a wealth of recent photographs on the ground, as well as colour illustrations, The Indian Corps on the Western Front makes an excellent companion to a trip along that stretch of the Western Front taken over by the Indian Army in O…


A Perspective on the Western Front by an Army Officer from India by Dr. DeWitt C. Ellinwood

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This article first appeared in the January 2020 edition of Stand To! the journal of The Western Front Association. Members receive Stand To! three times a year and our in-house magazine Bulletin three times a year. Digital Members receive these in digital form and have access to them online. All members have access to the Stand To! archive comprisi…


25 March 1915 : Lieut. Eric Robert Meade Odling, Royal Engineers

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Parents Charles and Alice (née Meade). Charles Odling was the chief engineer for the India Public Works Department.  At the 1901 Census, age 7, Eric was living with his parents, older sister Winifred and a domestic servent in Frimley, Surrey.  At the 1911 Census, age 17, Eric was a boarder at school in Cheltenham College. In a sheet of 29 names…


Ep. 159 – The 2nd Inniskillings at Festubert, 1915 – Michael Nugent

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Michael Nugent talks about his recent book into the 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers at the 1915 Battle of Festubert. This is published by Reveille Press. 


Those 48 hours of torment

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James William Thornton was born in Bethnal Green London in 1895 and worked initially as an indoor messenger boy for the General Post Office.  His Attestation papers for the Territorial Force survived and show that on 11 February 1914 he was deemed fit to join up. Above: James in army uniform 1914 The Post Office Rifles were initially formed in …