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The Restoration of a ‘Lost’ War Memorial – Woodborough Road Baptist Church, Nottingham


The Woodborough Road Baptist church in Nottingham was an imposing late Victorian building, designed by the eminent architect, Watson Fothergill, and opened in February 1895. Sadly, the church closed in the 1970s and the Great War memorial tablets to the men who served and those who died, were removed from the premises before its sale. The UK invent…

The Even Shorter, Sadder Military Career of Thomas Beech


Thomas Beech’s military service in the Great War lasted officially for thirty-five days. He attested on 5 January 1915 and killed himself on 1 February while home on leave.(1) He never served abroad. Thomas was born on 25 January 1885 at 16 High Street, Burslem, the so-called Mother Town of the Staffordshire Potteries.(2) His mother, Emily (née Fo…

HMS Zubian: A Tale of Two Halves


On 15 February 1907 the first of the new Tribal Class destroyers, HMS Cossack, was launched and over the following two-and-a-half years she was followed by another eleven sister-ships.  The last of them, HMS Zulu, was launched on 16 September 1909 and commissioned in the following March.  At 285 feet long (86.9m), with a beam of 27 feet (8.2m) and …