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The first footballer killed in 1914: Larrett Roebuck of Huddersfield Town

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Huddersfield Town full-back Larrett Roebuck was the first professional footballer from the English Leagues to be killed in the First World War. This is his story... Larrett Roebuck was born at Jump, near Barnsley, in South Yorkshire, on 27 January 1889. By 1901 the Roebuck family had moved to Rotherham and were living in Barker's Yard, off the m…


2 December 1919:  540 Sepoy Ladu, 1st Bn, 98th Infantry,

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Ladu is remembered on the Tehran Memorial, Panel 41, Column 1. Chuhi Ka Talab(nuh)  Over one million Indians, including over 621,224 combatants and 474,789 non-combatants, were sent overseas between August 1914 and December 1919. Secret plans had been made as early as 1910 to deploy Indian troops to Mesopotamia via Bombay and Karachi to Basra.…


For King and Another Country: Indian Soldiers on the Western Front 1914-1918 by Shrabani Basu

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Bloomsbury India, £25.00, 224pp. 41 ills, notes and refs, bibliog, index. ISBN: 978-83-84052-91-1  Shrabani Basu’s work on the Indian Army - not to be confused with another book of the same name about a Second World War fighter pilot in the RAF - is, unsurprisingly given her background in journalism, ‘populist’ in style and approach and largely dr…


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…


26 April 1915 : Captain Percy D’Aguilar Banks

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Only son of Col Samuel Henry O’Brien of Eaton Place, Brighton, mother Katherine Rosa D'Aguilar (née Burton) daughter of the late Senior Chaplain to the Armed Forces and grandson of Dr Henry Banks of Wicklow, Ireland.  Educated at St. Peter’s, Weston and Cheltenham College and Sandhurst.  At Cheltenham he won the schools rackets and fives priz…


29 June 1918 : Lieut. Reginald Edward Guise M.C.

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Reginald, the son of Rivett Francis Guise (Deputy Inspector-General, Indian Police) and Mary Elizabeth Maud (née Boissier) was also the great-grandson of Sir John Wright, a distinguished military man of the French War in Egypt, Hanover on the Peninsula, where he was awarded the Victoria Cross for gallant conduct at Fuentes d’Ogor, Salamanca and V…


DH9 From Ruin to Restoration: The Extraordinary Story of the Discovery in India & Return to Flight of a Rare WW1 Bomber

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By Guy Black  Grub St. £20 206 Pages 7 Appendices. ills throughout, bibliog,  index ISBN: 9781908117335  As Guy Black, a dedicated and unparalleled restorer of vintage aeroplanes relates, as a treasure map it was disappointing: a much–folded copy of a map of north west Rajasthan near the Pakistan border. Marked by a cross was the city of Bikan…


19 January 1918 : Brigadier General Gordon Strachey Shephard

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Whilst researching Dorset War Memorials, the author came across the following paragraph: ‘In the grounds of the camp (1) at Osmington is a small wooden sentry box. Inside is a truncated propeller, cut to form a cross. On the boss is a small plaque which reads: ‘In memory of Brigadier G S Sheppard DSO, MC and RFC Jan 1918’.’ (2) Living near the …


Capt James Donaldson Boswall: Boer War to Great War

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James Donaldson Boswall was born in Madras, India in November 1870, the only son of Major-General Roper Boswall and his wife, Eleanor. By 1881, the family was living in Scotland, at Ingleston House, Wardie, Midlothian, with James attending Edinburgh Academy from 1881 until 1884. He later attended Fettes Academy and the University of Edinburgh, from…