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REMINDER: Up Coming WFA National and Regional Conferences

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  Suffolk : 11 August 2018 Suffolk 5th Annual Centenary Conference '1918 The Winning Formula'   Speakers: Peter Simkins, Jack Sheldon and Peter Hart Panel Discussion chaired by Taff Gillingham VENUE: University of Suffolk in Ipswich Purchase Tickets > HERE         Wolverhampton : 6-8 September 2018 WFA/University of Wolverhampt…


"Clearing the dead 1919-1939" by Peter Hodgkinson

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  There is currently considerable interest in battlefield archaeology. Between the wars, however, a process similar to modern archaeology was carried out to attempt to unearth the missing and bury them properly in IWGC cemeteries. How was this done? Who did it? What were their experiences?  Peter is a Clinical Psychologist, with an MA (2006) in…


Ep. 17 – Psychological survival in the trenches – Dr Peter Hodgkinson

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Clinical psychologist Dr Peter Hodgkinson discusses his latest book Glum Heroes (published by Helion & Co.) on how soldiers coped with the psychological stress and strain of trench warfare during the Great War. 


‘And Bert’s gone syphilitic’ – The Real Tragedies Behind the Cane Hill Hospital Memorial at Croydon.

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‘And Bert’s gone syphilitic’ – The Real Tragedies Behind the Cane Hill Hospital Memorial at Croydon. In 1981 nearly 6,000 bodies were exhumed from the cemetery of Cane Hill Hospital, formerly the 3rd Surrey County Lunatic Asylum. They were cremated and their ashes scattered at Croydon (Mitcham Road) Cemetery. In 2009 a considerable correspondence …


Cases of 'insanity' revealed in the Pension Records

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The Pension Records which have been saved by The Western Front Association reveal an incredible array of information. In this piece we will briefly look at the mental health issues that are revealed on these cards. Many Pension cards reveal shocking cases of physical injury, but there are a substantial numbers of cards that let us glimpse into non…


The Accrington Pals’ ‘Dug-Out’ of Distinction – Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Wilmot Rickman

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On 16 October 1925, 51 year-old Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Wilmot Rickman had alighted from his car in the garage of his Coombe Bissett home when his clothing caught in the fly-wheel of the petrol engine which generated lighting for the house. His gardener freed him, but Rickman’s injuries were so extensive that he haemorrhaged to death on his lawn …


‘Two years in the making. Ten minutes in the destroying’ – A Sheffield soldier at the heart of ‘Covenant with Death’.

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John Harris’s 1961 book, ‘Covenant with Death’, is a well-known ‘fictionary’ account of the Sheffield City Battalion, taking it from formation to catastrophe at Serre on 1 July 1916. Harris (1916-1991), a Rotherham-born journalist, cartoonist and fiction writer (his list of publications is lengthy), worked for the Sheffield Telegraph both befor…


Ivor Thord-Gray - Mercenary, Spy? Thief? … and CO 11th Northumberland Fusiliers

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Ivor Thord-Gray was a man for whom war (to paraphrase Lord Reith) was ‘in his bones’.  A Swede, born Ivar Thord Hallström (the change in name being for reasons unknown) in Stockholm on 17 April 1878, he set out on a life that would have made good fiction if it were not actually true. After two years on merchant ships (1893-5), he landed in Cape Tow…


Clearing the Dead - Peter Hodgkinson

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There is currently considerable interest in battlefield archaeology. Between the wars, however, a process similar to modern archaeology was carried out to attempt to unearth the missing and bury them properly in IWGC cemeteries. How was this done? Who did it? What were their experiences? 


'Uncovering the Dead 1919-39' - Dr Peter Hodgkinson

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There is currently considerable interest in battlefield archaeology. Between the wars a similar process occurred to exhume the bodies of missing soldiers, identify them, and inter them in IWGC cemeteries. How was this done?  Who did it? What were their experiences? Dr Peter E. Hodgkinson will discuss these questions. Peter Hodgkinson has an MA i…


From the Dardanelles to Dunkirk by Peter Hodgkinson and Andrew Rice

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From the Dardanelles to Dunkirk Peter Hodgkinson and Andrew Rice Printed by Amazon, 2022.   299 pp. 19 photos, 8 maps. Bibliography. ISBN 9798405428369. This is an ambitious book which tells the story of six officers, all of the Rice family and spans 65 years (1887-1952) including two World Wars. It sets out to place each officer in the contex…


Dr Peter Hodgkinson will speak on 'Fear and Courage in the Trenches'

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Our speaker, Peter Hodgkinson, is a Clinical Psychologist.  He has an MA (2006) in First World War Studies from Birmingham University, and a PhD (2013) in Infantry Battalion Commanders. Fear is natural in war, but the demand for courage is remorseless. What was the experience of the British soldier of fear, and were the social restrictio…



A Complete Orchestra of War: A History of the 6th Division on the Western Front 1914-1919 by Peter Hodgkinson

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Helion & Company Ltd., 1919.  £28.00, xxv + 455pp pb, maps, photos, tables, index, notes and refs. ISBN: 978-1-912866-19-9 During the Great War the United Kingdom raised 58 infantry divisions whose active service was spent wholly or partly on the Western Front. These were reinforced by two divisions of the Indian Army, four from Canada, five…