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028: Spring 1990


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'George V - A King At War' with Alexandra Churchill


Alexandra Churchill will be giving a talk on George V. Based on her unique access to the archive at Windsor, Alexandra will throw light on the dilemmas faced by the King during the war on a personal and constitutional level as well as the contrast between the public story of the King and Royal Family at this time and his personal diaries and letter…

The Camera Returns No. 10 at the Central Tank Workshops at Erin, near St Pol by Bob Grundy and Steve Wall


'Camera Returns' No. 10 appeared in Stand To! No. 28 Spring 1990. Some 30 years later the 100th 'Camera Returns' approaches. Members of The Western Front Association received Stand To! three times a year and have access to the entire digital archive going back to the Spring of 1981. In Stand To! No. 26, 'The Camera Returns' team visited the site…

Ep. 62 – King George V during the Great War – Alexandra Churchill


TV historian and author Alexandra Churchill talks about research for her forthcoming book on King George V during the Great War. Alexandra Churchill, the front cover of 'Eye of the Storm' and HM King George V, on Wytschaete Ridge in Belgium on 4 July 1917 during a tour of the Western Front. © IWM Q 5586 …

Alcohol in the trenches: the rum ration


The daily rum ration to British troops has its roots in the British Navy, dating back to the mid 17th Century when Britain captured Jamaica from Spain. Up until then, beer had been the staple beverage – and in some prodigious quantity, as the daily ration was eight pints! With the introduction of rum to the Navy, senior ratings would receive neat r…

30 December 1917 : Battery Sergeant Ernest George Harlock


  Colourisation of the original black and white photograph of Ernest Harlock by Calian Chevin.   Ernest's father was John (carter on a farm) and Emily Harlock. The family lived on a farm with all the family, in due course, engaged as carters or agricultural labourers.  Age 15 in at the 1901 Census, Ernest was at home his parents and siblings: Wi…

7 January 1917 : A/Sgt William Hoggard


His parents were William (a farm labourer) and Susannah (née Newlove) land they lived at 172 Ryecroft Street, Crowthorn, Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire.  William was the last of the Hoggard children. His older siblings were Henry, Jane and Fanny. Their mother died in 1892 when William was only three years old. The family lived at 172, Rycroft Str…

Private Alfred Berry and the Zeebrugge Raid 1918


The Zeebrugge Raid of St. George’s Day 1918 was an audacious attempt by the Royal Navy to neutralise the activities of the German U-boats that were intent on bringing Britain and her allies to their knees. They were creating havoc in the English Channel, at least a third of allied shipping carrying food, munitions and other equipment – amounting to…