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6 October 1917 : Harold Rowley

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Parents John and Sarah (née Owen).  At the 1901 Census, age 6, Harold lived with his two older siblings Louie and Owen, parents and his 76 year old Aunt Jane. His sister Louie died in 1905.  At the 1911 Census, age 16, Harold was working as a clerk. His father John and older brother Owen were blast furnace men. They lived in the 3 room 945 Old St…


039: Winter 1993

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Lancashire North Despatch Issue 19: May 2017

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Lancashire North Branch Issue 19: May 2017 Despatch The RAMC at Messines during the 1917 Offensive by Lancashire born artist Gilbert Rogers is the basis for May 2017's frontispiece and Gilbert’s story is on the back page.  Also read inside about the German naval raid on a North Sea convoy in October 1917; the death of Lieutenant Punchard of the 1/…


Ypres 1914: Messines

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By Nigel Cave & Jack Sheldon Pen and Sword, Barnsley, £12.99, 214 pp ills 7 maps throughout, German Order of Battle, selected bibliog, index ISBN 178159201-2 Book review by David Filsell The actions around Messines in 1914 all too often take second place to events on and to the left of the Ypres Menin road in writing about First Ypres. Here…


Miners at War 1914-18: South Wales Miners in the Tunnelling Companies on the Western Front

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By Ritchie Wood Helion, £35.00, 320pp Hardback, 107 illustrations within text., 29 tables, index, notes and refs. ISBN: 978-1-991096-49-8 Book review by Niall Ferguson Although the large mines at Messines and the Somme are well-known, it is only recently that researchers have realised the extent of mining on the Western Front. It was only reall…


October 2017 Newsletter

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The Newsletter of the New Zealand Branch of The Western Front Association. A rich collection of news and articles over 30 pages, with illustrations and comment through-out. 


1917 The Passchendaele Year: The Diary of Achiel van Walleghem

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Reviewed by Stephen Broomfield. In 1913, Achiel van Walleghem was appointed curate to the village of Dickebusch. After the flight of the priest in 1914 he became responsible for the souls of the residents of the village. In 1916, he was forced to move to Reninghelst, but still visited Dickebusch regularly and to care for those still living there (…


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 …


16 January : '"An elegy of mud, blood and darkness" : Australian war writing and the third battle of Ypres’ with Matt Haultain-Gall

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‘The year 1917 had been one of disaster for our arms in all save the Messines attack’ wrote the Australian ex-serviceman G.D. Mitchell in Backs to the Wall. Few of his comrades would have disagreed. The Australian Imperial Force (AIF) lost far more men in the battles for Bullecourt (France), Messines and Passchendaele than at their 1915 baptism o…


30 January : ‘Reconstructing Flanders' fields after the Great War’ with Dries Claeys

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Although the war damage in Belgium was nowhere near the scale of the French 'regions dévastées', the Belgian countryside as well had to be restored. This was particularly the case in Ypres and its surrounding areas. Passchendaele, Messines, Langemarck were only few of the villages that were completely wiped off the map. Refugees and policymakers …


The Battles of La Bassée, Armentières and Messines 1914' with Sean Godfrey

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Sean Godfrey

Sean Godfrey will be giving a talk entitled 'Little of that seed remained - The Battles of La Bassee, Armentieres and Messines 1914'

Image: 39 Garhwal Rifles. (c) National Army Museum

 

The Battles of La Bassée, Armentières and Messines 1914


The Battles of La Bassée, Armentières and Messines 1914

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‘Little of that Seed Remained’ – The Battles of La Bassée, Armentières and Messines 1914

La Bassée after the fighting

 French Field Gun and ammunition waggon at Bas Maisnil

IMAGES: Rue de Lille, Armentières, The ruins of La Bassée, 'Two officers (Davidson, M. O., and Churchill) of the 1st Cameronians by a 75 mm. French Field Gun and ammunition waggon at Bas Maisnil'.


Pillars of Fire - the Battles of Messines Ridge 1917 by Ian Passingham

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Sutton Publishing 1998. Hardback, 223pp„ £19.99. ISBN 0 7509 1704 0.  In his foreword to this book, Peter Simkins of the Imperial War Museum states that 'Messines has long merited a separate study, even though it is widely accepted that it formed a crucial prelude to Third Ypres. This work is a solid piece of historical research and detailed analy…


War Underground by Alexander Barrie

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Available in various hardback editions (first edition 1962), paperback 2004.  War Underground by Alexander Barrie is a clear, character-led factual narrative that tells the story of the tunnellers from inception to demob. It is also the story of how a larger than life engineering contractor John Norton Griffith persuaded Kitchener that clay-kickin…


13 June 1917 : Major Alfred Osborn Wraith

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2nd son of George (Colliery Director, Weardale Steel, Coal and Coke Co. Ltd) and Fanny (née Osborn) Educated at North Eastern County School, Barnard Castle. Served 10 years with the Durham Light Infantry Territorials.He was a keen athlete and played hockey for the County of Durham. Qualified as a mining engineer and went to South Africain 1910. …