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20 August 1897 : Cpl / Flt. Cdt John Arthur Wilson MM


As a boy, after Sunday lunch, I recall sitting on my grandfather's knee and he would start off with the line ‘have I told you about the time ...' and he'd then add, ‘.... we were gassed' or '.... we took a German prisoner' or '..... I was transferred to the Royal Flying Corps'. Perhaps this started my interest in history. In his 96th year Jack r…

30 November 1917 : L/Cpl William Dewhurst


William was the son of Thomas (a cotton mill engineer) and Ann (née Bielby). All the children become weavers, probably working part-time from school as age 12 and full-time shortly after. Thomas Dawson died in July 1906. The children lived at home until they married in their early to mid-twenties.  At the time of the outbreak of war in 1914 Wi…

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A Soldier of the 6th Division, incorporating Recollections of the Machine Gun Corps & Following My Father’s Footsteps


Reviewed by Michael Lucas. A Soldier of the 6th Division includes an account, written from memory in 1976, by Thomas Brookbank, formerly a sergeant in the Machine Gun Corps, who served with 6th Division from Cambrai through, the Allied counterattacks, and to the Rhineland. Brookbank was clearly a keen and effective soldier; he was a sergeant at …

Harold Mugford VC


Harold Mugford was born at 149 Keetons Road, Bermondsey, London on 31 August 1894, the second son of Richard John Sanford and Rose Lillian Mugford (nee Parsons). The family later moved to 2 Gillett Avenue, East Ham where he attended the Shrewsbury Road School.  On leaving school, he found employment as a clerk with a shipping company, Furness Withy…

19 June 1917 : L-Cpl Reginald John Coleman


Parents William Coleman (an architect and building manager) and Rosena (née Jones) of The Poplars, Broadoak, Gloucestershire. At the 1891 Census, 3 year old Reginald was at home with his parents and 8 other siblings. At the 1901 Census, 13 year old Reginald was at home with his parents and 6 of his siblings.  At the 1911 Census, age 23 years old…

Ep. 176 – 1 million rounds from a Vickers’ gun in 12 hours: myth or truth? Dr Rich Willis & Richard Fisher


Dr Rich Willis and Richard Fisher, Founder and Director of the Vickers Machine Gun Research Association, talk about their research into the legend that ten guns of the 100th Machine Gun Company in August 1916 fired off 1,000,000 rounds in a twelve-hour period throughout fighting at High Wood during the Battle of the Somme. …