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

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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…


4 September 1916 : Pte Edgar William Burn

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Son of Roger (a tailor) and Georgina Burn. Age 16 at the 1911 England Census, Edgar was a watchmaker and apprentice dealer with T.M. Wilcox of Market Place, Alnwick. He had two younger brothers, Herbert (a draper's assistant) and John. In 1911 the family lived at Centre Terrace, Alnwick, by the time of the war, when their sons enlisted, they were …


012: Winter 1984

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

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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 …


Stand To! 1 to 120 Full Contents Listing

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Stand To! 1-120 Content Stand To  1 Spring 1981 Editorial Notes (Peter T. Scott) Serving members of the Western Front Association Early Days, New Paths and Acknowledgements Inaugural Meeting: John Terraine's Address. Historian John Terraine berates those who indulge in ‘purely tragic pilgrimages to the Western Front’. The Loving Care of the…


9 April 1917 : Gunner Ewart Doodson

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Adoptive parents Tyas Wood (a rug and shawl finisher) and Morrennah (née Jagger) Family, brother James (born 1890, a boot and clog maker) and Lily (a dressmaker’s apprentice) At the 1911 Census, age 12, living at home at 25 Huddersfield Rd, Ravensthorpe (and later of 453 Huddersfield Rd) with his adoptive parents, siblings and a lodger. The dat…


12 April 1918 : Pte John Thomas Dean

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John was conscripted into the army in Burnley in 1916. Initially serving as 36184 in the East Surrey Regiment, he was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps prior to embarkation on active service. He was killed on 12th April 1918 and reported as missing in action. Having no known grave, John is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium. 1…


Postponed : 8th President's Conference - Theme '1915 Revisited'

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Given current situation with spread of coronavirus the President's Conference will be postponed until further notice. The welfare of delegates and speakers is uppermost in our thoughts.  Speakers:    Aimee Fox : 'To Gallipoli and Back Again: Learning lessons between theatres, Gallipoli and the Western Front, 1915-1916'? Aimee Fox This talk fo…


9 January 1920: Pte. Wilfred Henry Heap

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Wilfred, the only son of Harry (weaver and later a machine iron moulder) and Emma. Age 13 at the 1911 Census Wilfred was working as at 'Worsted Shinning.  Wilfred was living at home in Keighley with his parents and three sisters when he enlisted soon after the outbreak of war.  Initially seeing service with the Royal Highlanders (Black Watch) - …


Iron Clad. The Service of 202081 Pte Frank Reece Beresford, H Bn Tank Corps by Charles Reece Beresford

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This article first appeared in Stand To! 40 Spring 1994 (pp13-14) The entire archive of Stand To! (up to the last 12 months) is available online for Members to browse and download.  Pte Frank Beresford Having been turned down by the Royal Navy on account of 'defective colour vision'. Frank Beresford volunteered for service in the Machine Gun Co…


The Contemptible Little Army, 1914 -1918

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By Alex Saunt   The story of the expansion and development of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) 1914-1918 and how the Contemptible Little Army became a huge, effective machine.   BEF AND THE START The possible conception: In 1904 King Edward, having decided our pretty frosty relationship with France should be improved, went to Paris with the…


21 April 1918 : Pte Joseph Underwood

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Parents, Mathew and Elizabeth Underwood (née Gordon), Belford House, Blackrath, Co. Kildare.  In 1911, living with his parents and seven siblings (5 brothers, 2 sisters)  A bricklayer.  Enlisted in the Royal Munster Fusiliers, 23 November 1915 Transferred to the Machine Gun Corps 16 July 1916 Served in France and took part in fighting on the S…


19 June 1917 : L-Cpl Reginald John Coleman

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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…