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27 September 1915 : Captain Fergus Bowes-Lyon, 8th Black Watch

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The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has changed the commemoration for Captain Fergus Bowes-Lyon, an uncle of Her Majesty the Queen. Fergus died in France during the Battle of Loos in September 1915 and, until now, had been commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on the Loos Memorial as he had no known grave. His grandson wrote to…


26 September 1915 : L/Cpl Harold Chapin

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Harold was an American citizen, the son of actress mother Alice. Harold Chapin become regarded as an 'English' actor and playwright. Working extensively as an actor, director and stage manager both in the UK and the USA, he was associated with some of the biggest names of the theatre of the era. At the 1891 he is living in London with his mother.…


014: Summer 1985

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051: January 1998

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063: January 2002

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096: January 2013

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105: January 2016

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'Wully' Field Marshal Sir William Robertson Bart: GCB, KCVO, DSO (Part II)

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  (Lecture delivered by John Terraine at the Western Front Association's Annual Seminar at Abergavenny in June 1992) In August 1914 William Robertson crossed to France to meet the long-expected foe, together with the rest of the British Expeditionary Force, on the staff of the Commander­ in-Chief, Field-Marshal Sir John French, and in the post of…


12 July 1916 : A/Cpl. James Albert Jackson

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One of the five children of Benjamin (a Lancashire born general labourer) and Annie (née Dobson) from Yorkshire. 1881 Siblings, and only 1, James was at home with his parents and two older siblings Fanny (3) and John (2) at 129A LowerHouse Lane, Burnley. Ten years laters, and now 11, their father is not at home and James is living at 126 Livings…


31 July 1917 : Lt Col Edgar Robert Mobbs DSO

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The son of Oliver L and Elizabeth Anne Mobbs. He did not make his school's First XV, preferring hockey at the time. Mobbs took up Rugby when his family moved to Olney in North Buckinghamshire. He first played for Olney in 1903 and then for the Weston Turks before moving to Northampton and playing for Northampton Harlequins. In 1905 he was invited …


George Peachment: one of the youngest recipients of the Victoria Cross

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George Peachment was, when he enlisted, not much different from many other young volunteers in that he lied about his age to try to 'do his bit' for King and Country. His first attempt to enlist was unsuccessful (according to a family member, to try to make him look older, he borrowed his father's bowler hat when he tried to enlist aged 17 years an…


The Arras and Loos Trenches at Blackpool

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One of the lesser-known legacies of the First World War is the impact it had on charity – it is estimated that the number of charitable concerns in Britain doubled during the conflict, resulting in stiff competition for funds and a need for greater professionalism across the sector. Many new and enduring ideas were born (including the concept of ‘t…


With a Machine Gun to Cambrai by George Coppard

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188pp., paperback. £3.95.  Macmillan/Papermac. [This 'review' first appeared in Stand To! No.17 Summer 1986] Originally published in 1969, this is a reprint of the revised edition of 1980. An excellent first- hand account of the life of a machine-gunner on the Western Front. George Coppard 25 January 1898 to 17 February 1985  George Coppard …


The 21st Division at Loos with Derek Clayton

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The units of 21st Division disembarked on French soil between 9 and 12 September 1915. Two weeks later, with absolutely no prior battlefield experience, and very little in the way of acclimatisation to the realities of the Western Front, they were thrown into action at the Battle of Loos. It has been a topic of controversy for over 100 years now: …