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28 August 1917 The Life and Death of Edward Revere Osler


A Featured Article from Stand To! No 93 by Peter Starling In today's military medical environment interoperability is a regular occurrence. During the Great War a small group of eminent medical men from England and America combined their skills to endeavour to save the life of the son of another eminent physician. Edward Revere Osler was born on...

5 August 1916 Lt George Sainton Kaye Butterworth MC


Lt George Sainton Kaye Butterworth M.C. 13th Bn Durham Light Infantry  George was born on 12 July 1885 to parents Julia Marguerite (nee Wigan) and Sir Alexander Kaye Butterworth, Kt., LL.B, a solicitor and manager of the North-Eastern Railway. He was christened on 30 August in Deerhurst, Gloucestershire by his grandfather the Reverend George But...

26 August 1914 : Lt Sir Robert Cornwallis Maude, 6th Viscount Hawarden


The first son of Robert Henry Maude, 5th Viscount Hawarden and Caroline Anna Mary (née Ogle). At the time of the 1901 Census the family of three - parents and 7 month old Robert, lived at White Hill Chase, Hants with their four domestic servants: cook, parlour maid, house maid and nurse. At the 1911 Census, Robert, now 10, was at prep: school...

21 February 1915 : Lieut. David Ronald Cross M.C.


   Parents were Adam P. Esq. and Annie Cross of Brixworth Hall.  David went to boarding prep school at the Manor House, Great Haseley, Oxfordshire followed by Marlborough College from April 1903 to July 1908. He then read Modern History at Christ Church, Oxford. As a young man Lieutenant David Cross rode to hounds and was well known to Pytchl...

'Captain Professor - a life in war and peace' by Michael Howard


You will rarely find an autobiography that is this detailed and self-effacing. We learn 2/3rds into ‘Captain Professor - a life in war and peace’ that he kept a diary while teaching at Yale, you rather suspect that he kept a diary through-out his life.  Howard remarks with the demise of his mother, that between them, father and mother, lived thr...

3 June 1917: Lieutenant Leonard Davies


His parents were the Reverend Owen Davies of Newly and Alice (née Hollingdrake) He was one of ten children. At the 1891 Census, his parents, ten children, a general servant and nursemaid were living at the Wesleyian Parsonage, Lewisham. A decade later at the 1901 Census, the family were living at 4 Church Street, Southport, Lancashire. Leonard...

4 July 1918 : Lord Ian Gawaine Basil Temple-Blackwood


The fifth child and third son of Frederick Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood the 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava, Governor General of Canada, Viceroy of India, Ambassador to Russia, Turkey, Italy and France and his mother Hariot Georgina (née Rowan-Hamilton). Basil was raised on the hereditary Clandeboye Estate.  Basil (or 'BTB' as he was known) wa...

Lieutenant-Commander Frederick 'Sep' Kelly - Olympic Gold 1908, Performer and Composer


Frederick 'Sep' ‘Cleg’ Kelly, the Olympic gold medal rower, pianist and officer in the Royal Naval Division who was killed on 13 November 1916 on the opening day of the Battle of the Ancre. The seventh child (and this his name) of a wealthy wool magnate from Australia, 'Sep' along with five of his brothers was sent to England to be educated at...

The Flying Sikh The Story of a WW1 Fighter Pilot – Flying Officer Hardit Singh Malik by Stephen Barker


Pen & Sword, 2022 £25.00hb, 224pp, including b&w images ISBN: 9781399083294.  Flying Ace, first–class cricketer, golfer, civil servant, diplomat. Hardit Singh Malik was a man of many talents who lived an extraordinarily eventful and interesting life filled with adventure and camaraderie, nicely captured by Stephen Barker. Not unusually f...

MK WFA Branch trip to Soldiers of Oxford Museum


The WFA MK Branch will be visiting The soldiers of Oxford museum, followed by a Christmas Meal and drink in Woodstock Oxford. All are welcome to attend and enjoy the festive spirit.