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002: Autumn 1981 (September)

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021: Winter 1987

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22 May 1918: Gnr John Moore

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Growing up he and his brother Edward went on to help their father who was a Coal Merchant. By the 1911 Census parents Joseph and Elizabeth had eight children: Edward, Hilda, John, Mary Jane, Agnes, Joseph and Florence Marjorie. They lived at Lion House, Hawes.  With the outbreak of war John attempted to enlist immediately in August 1914 but was tu…


24 February 1915: Lieut. Colin Edward Cumming MA

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His parents were Robert (a bank manager) and Margaret (née Duff) at Stafford and he was one of six children.  He was educated at Royal High School, Edinburgh and Edinburgh University. He was an active member of the OTC and commissioned in the RFA Reserve 16 Sept 1909. He gave this up to taken an engineering cadetship in the Transvaal gold-mini…


9 June 1917 : Major Chalkley Vivian Gould

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He was the eldest son of Chalkley Gould (a photographer) and Ellen Matilda (née Vivian) and the great great grandson of Commodore Pearce RN who served under Nelson. At the 1881 England Census, only 1, the Gould family lived in Loughton, Essex. Chalkley senior was a stationer and bookseller.  At the 1891 Census, Chalkley, aged 11, was now the …


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…


Horses on the Western Front by Elspeth Johnstone

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Horses on the Western Front by Elspeth Johnstone (This article first appeared in Gun Fire pp38-52. All issues are available to Western Front Association members to access via your member login.) (1)   You have shod them cold, and their coats are long, and their bellies stiff with mud; They have done with gloss and polish, but the fighting heart…


Field Artillery and Infantry on the Western Front during the FIrst World War

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In August 1914, and again in November 1918, the Royal Field Artillery of the British army was fighting in partnership with the forward divisional infantry, directing accurate targeted fire onto enemy strongpoints to facilitate infantry objectives. For various reasons, both practical and doctrinal, this cooperation was partially lost, on the Western…