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29 September 1918 : L Cpl John Wade

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John was a warehouseman at Woodward's Mill, Burnley, Lancashire before the war, John was conscripted into service in April 1916, he initially served on the Western Front with the DCLI with whom, as Private 27452, he was wounded three times. After convalescing back in the UK following his third wounding, John was transferred to the 12th Glosters w…


096: January 2013

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The Final One Hundred Days of the Western Front

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Introduction The British involvement in war on the Western Front lasted for 1,294 days: from the 12th of August 1914 - when the first elements of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) arrived in France - until the 11th November 1918, when the Armistice took effect. For each of those days an average of 1,751 men were wounded and 436 died (the latte…


Arthur Boyle Private and Pensioner

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  Painting by Diane Lavery 1998 from a photograph of Arthur Boyle taken in 1917     Arthur Boyle, born in 1894, from Castlemaine in Co. Kerry, volunteered to serve in the South Irish Horse on 25 January 1917. He was one of over 200,000 Irish men who volunteered to serve in the British army in the First World War. The great majority came from wha…


Commemorating the restoration of the Riqueval Bridge Memorial

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In glorious weather on the once British-held part of the Western Front, Western Front Association Chairman Colin Wagstaff and WFA European Officer Any Tongue took part alongside VIPs, dignitaries and guests in the rededication of the Riqueval Bridge Memorial. (Next to the newly rededicated Riqueval Bridge Memorial) In attendance were the great …


Crossing the Devastated Zone, 1917: Lessons and Consequences for the British Expeditionary Force by Rob Thompson

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The German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line, 14 March – 5 April, 1917, is something of a footnote in the study of Great War military operations yet the engineering and logistic lessons taught were of crucial importance to the success of BEF mobile operations in 1918. It represented the BEF’s only experience of a mobile pursuit against an enemy re…


ONLINE: Breaking the Hindenburg Line - The assault by the 137 (Staffordshire) Brigade on 29 September 1918

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The presentation will be live and online.  One of the most iconic photographs of the Great War is that of the Territorials of 137 (Staffordshire) Brigade lining the eastern bank of the St Quentin Canal while being addressed by their Brigade Commander, Brigadier John Campbell VC, from the rampart of the Riqueval Bridge. Beyond the photographs of mu…


Ep. 199 - New York’s Silkstocking Regiment and the Breaking of the Hindenburg Line - Stephen L. Harris.

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American historian and author Stephen L. Harris talks about his book recent book ‘Duty, Honor, Privilege that looks at the New York’s Silk Stocking Regiment and how it ‘broke’ the Hindenburg Line in 1918’. Your browser does not support the audio element. …