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20 November 1917 : Pte Stephen Carroll

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The son of Luke Carroll (a brick maker) and Amelia Ann (née Walsh).  Stephen enlisted into the Special Reserve on 20 July 1914. Age 5 at the 1901 England Census, Stephen lived with his parents, his father Luke now a brick seller and infant brother and four boarders in Burnley.  Age 15 at the 1911 England Census, Stephen still lived at home, wi…


087: December 2009/January 2010

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The Battle of the Boar's Head

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Lord Kitchener's famous call for volunteers 'Your Country Needs You' resulted in an overwhelming response with hundreds of thousands of men stepping forward. This has often been portrayed as a north of England phenomena. The roots of this misconception may be as a result of the attack made at Serre on 1 July 1916 by 'pals' battalions from Accringto…


Aubers Ridge 9 May 1915: The Unpleasant Truth

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For it appears ridiculous to call it so, the 'battle' of Aubers Ridge fits perfectly the stereotypical vision of the British in the Great War: men cut down in their thousands for little or no gain, with only the bravery of the men offering any kind of distraction from the scale of the disaster. Although largely fought by units of the old pre-war r…


6 January 1915: Gerald 'Robin' Seckham

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His parents were Gerald Seckham (barrister at law) and Rebecca Mary (known as 'Minnie') (née Adair).   At the 1901 census Gerald junior was eight and he had a sister Nora, age five. They lived at the Lodge in Whittington, Shortlands, Kent. At some point he become known as 'Robin' - clearly as a way to differentiate between father and son.  Te…


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…


The Indian Corps on the Western Front by Simon Doherty and Tom Donovan

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Richly illustrated throughout, with clear maps and explanatory plans, many contemporary black and white photographs and a wealth of recent photographs on the ground, as well as colour illustrations, The Indian Corps on the Western Front makes an excellent companion to a trip along that stretch of the Western Front taken over by the Indian Army in O…


10 March 1915 : Gabar (Rifleman) Singh Negi

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Singh Negi joined 2nd Bn Garhwal Rifles October 1913. He was sent to France from India as part of the Indian Expeditionary Force at the end of September 1914. Making it to Marsellies, they were trained north to Orlean and beyond. Gabar Singh Negi took part in the Battle of Neuve Chapelle in March the following year. The night before the attack…


A Perspective on the Western Front by an Army Officer from India by Dr. DeWitt C. Ellinwood

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This article first appeared in the January 2020 edition of Stand To! the journal of The Western Front Association. Members receive Stand To! three times a year and our in-house magazine Bulletin three times a year. Digital Members receive these in digital form and have access to them online. All members have access to the Stand To! archive comprisi…


14 March 1915 : Pte Harold Whitehurst

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Parents William (a lamplighter for the British Gas Co.) and Mary. Married 20 years they had eight children ages 19 to 2 at the 1911 Census. Harold was the 4th child. Age 14 Harold was at Trinity House School, Hull. The family lived in at 31 Cove Street, Beverly Road, Hull. After leaving school Harold was apprenticed to Messrs. Wright &…


20 March 1915 : Sergt. Charles Lewis Burini

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Son of Louis (a Brewer’s Clerk) and Maria (née Winslow) Educated at Bower Memorial Schools, Norton. At the 1901 Census, age 9, Lewis was living at home at 25 Vine Street, Norton, with his parents 3 siblings. His older sister and brother (by ten years) were born at the Imphal Barracks, Fulford, York.  His father, Louis Burini was a drill inst…


Ep. 160 – The 2nd Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment in FWW – Nigel Atter

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Historian Nigel Atter talks about his book on the Great War service of the 2nd Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment. This is published by Helion. 11 May 2020 : Podcast 160 Nigel Atter, a self-styled ‘independent scholar’ is an active member of the Leicestershire  & Rutland branch of The Western Front Association. His interest in the First Wor…


Ep. 164 – The First Gurkha Officer – Pratap Chhetri

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Pratap Chhetri talks about his research into Rana Jodha Jung Bahadur, the first Gurkha officer in the British Army during the Great War. Your browser does not support the audio element. Dr Tom Thorpe [TT] : Welcome to ‘Mentioned in Dispatc…


Ep. 174 – Ypres and its meaning through time – Prof Mark Connelly & Dr Stefan Goebel

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Professor Mark Connelly, Professor of Modern British History, University of Kent and Dr Stefan Goebel, Reader and Director of the Centre for the History of War, Media and Society, University of Kent, talk about their recent book on Ypres. This is published by OUP. Your brows…


Cpl. Henry White and HMHS Anglia

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Cpl. Henry Richard White signed up early in the war joining the Royal Berkshire Regiment on 6th Nov 1914. He was 17 and came from Charlton, a small farming hamlet 1 mile NE of Wantage in Berkshire. What thoughts he had as he prepared to serve his country can only be imagined coming from such a rural background. However he was soon to see action aft…


The Battle of Neuve Chapelle 1915

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Despite the disappointments in the opening months of the First World War when the idea that "It will be over By Christmas" met with the reality of modern warfare 1915 began with optimism. The commander of the British Expeditionary Force, Field Marshal Sir John French, was convinced that a major effort would bring about an early victory. To this end…


The 2nd Northants at Neuve Chapelle

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The initial impetus behind this article was research on Lieutenant George Duff Gordon, who hailed from Elgin. During the course of this it became apparent that 2 Northamptonshire Regiment had suffered heavy losses over the period between 10 and 13 March 1915, with the war diary identifying that of 20 officers, 10 were killed, 7 wounded, with one mi…


Sepoys in the Trenches: The Indian Corps on the Western Front 1914-1915

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Hardback, 274pp.  Spellmount, 2000,  price £24.95 ISBN 1 86227 054 6. [This review first appeared in Stand To! No. 60 January 2001] Who amongst us has not been intrigued and moved by the long lists of Indian names on the Menin Gate, or on the impressive Indian memorial near Neuve Chapelle?  This book tells the story behind those names, from t…


The Battle of Neuve Chapelle

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Last month, September 2021, the branch was able to resume face-to-face meetings and local member Colin Ellender spoke on the action at Aubers Ridge in 1915. This month we turn the clock back to March 1915 and look at the battle that took place just a short distance to the west at Neuve Chapelle. Our speaker on this occasion will be Ross Beadle and …


29 December 1915 : Colonel Ernest Swiney

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His father was George (Colonel, Bengali Rifles) and mother Mary.  At the 1871 England Census, age 7, Ernest was living in 38 Lansdown Terrace, Cheltenham with his mother (a Colonel’s wife), four siblings, grandmother (a Colonel’s widow), Aunt (a Colonel’s widow) and three servants (cook, parlour maid and house maid).  At the 1881 England Cens…


1 January 1923 : Capt. Wilfred Ewart

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His father was Herbert Brisbane Ewart, his mother Lady Mary Napier Gore.  Age eight at the 1901 England Census, Ewart was with his father and six year old sister Betty (or rather the family nanny) and their other five  domestic servants (a cook, two house maids, kitchen maid and footman). Wilfred was the only, adored son, of Herbert Ewart and Lad…


Way of Revelation (1921) by Wilfred Ewart

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Wilfred Herbert as portrayed in Graham Stephen's 'The Life and Last Words of Wilfred Ewart' (1924) At the time of his death, the 30 year old Wilfred Ewart was a successful journalist and author who had given five years of his life to the Great War. Composed in notepads and published as reports under various names during the war his fictionalised…


15 March 1915 : Subedar Manta Singh

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The objective on the third day of the Battle of Neuve Chapelle for the Indian Corps was the capture of Bois du Biez to be followed by an advance on the line of La Cliqueterie Farm. Due to low-lying early morning mist on the 10 March 1915 the attack was delayed during which time the Germans continued with heavy bombing and artillery fire. At 3:…


Ep.250. p1 – Sir Henry Rawlinson – Prof. Robin Prior

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Historian and author Professor Robin Prior, visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide, talks about the Great War career of British general Sir Henry Rawlinson who served in the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front. Your browser does not support the aud…