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


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


The son of Mamla of Muranbas. Chuhi Ka Talab(nuh)  Sepoy Ladu of the 1st Battalion, 98th Infantry of the Indian Army is remembered on the Tehran Memorial, Panel 41, Column 1. He would have been part of the attack force that landed in East Africa in an attack on Tanga, German East Africa in November 1914; a story told in 'The Battle of th…

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


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


Eric's parents were Charles and Alice (née Meade). His father 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 Colleg…

Ep. 110 – British Territorials in India – Prof Peter Stanley


Prof. Peter Stanley, from the University of New South Wales, talks about his latest book on British Territorials in India during the Great War, published by Helion.

Ep. 116 – The Connaught Rangers Mutiny in 1920 – Dr Mario Draper


Dr Mario Draper, Lecturer in Modern British and European History at the University of Kent, discusses the mutiny of the Connaught Rangers in India in 1920. This lecture was given as part of the Antrim and Down WFA branch’s spring conference on the Consequences of War held on the 9 May 2019. 

26 April 1915 : Captain Percy D’Aguilar Banks


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.


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


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


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


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…

The Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919


Edited by  David Killingray and Howard Phillips Routledge (2003)  390 pages ISBN 9780415510790 There is so much to learn from ‘The Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919’.  A comparative history will be written in due course comparing the pandemic of 1918-19 and that of 2019-2021. Writing in 1998, ‘What occurred in 1918-19, we are repeatedly t…

'Hardit Singh Malik. The Flying Sikh' by Stephen Barker


For our April 2022 branch meeting we are very pleased to be able to welcome Stephen Barker back to Highworth. On this occasion, Stephen's talk will be entitled 'Hardit Singh Malik, The RFC and the First World War'. From his arrival in the UK alone in 1912 as a fourteen-year-old, to Balliol College, Oxford and into the Royal Flying Corps during the…

General Sir Charles Monro by Patrick Crowley


For our February meeting Patrick Crowley returns to talk to us about: General Sir Charles Monro General Sir Charles Monro is one of the least well-known generals from the First World War, yet he was one of the handful of army commanders on the Western Front; He was one of the first divisional commanders in the BEF in 1914 and commanded at corps a…

'Thousands of Heroes Have Arisen' - Sukwinderr Singh Bassi


On Wednesday 14th of June we welcome Sukwinder Singh Bassi to our Hornchurch venue to present his talk about the service and sacrifices of Sikh soldiers during the Great War. The talk is based on letters send to and from Sikh soldiers on the Western Front and those convalescing  in England. These letters describe their wartime experiences in Europe…

India's Great War


Dr Adam Prime, lecturer in the Politics and Contemporary History at Salford University talks about his research into the Indian Army during the Great War. He will explain how the Indian Army came about with its origins in the defence of the East India Company from 1757. A hundred years later when the British Army needed to defend the Northwest Fron…

'Gaza to Jerusalem; The Palestine Campaigns of 1917' - Stuart Hadaway


In this talk Stuart tells the story of 1917 in Palestine. It covers the story of the three battles of Gaza, the first two which were disastrous in outcome for the attacking British and Empire forces. A change in force commander and support led to the attacks on Beersheba and the capture of Gaza. The talk then covers subsequent actions to the entry …