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024: Winter 1988


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065: September 2002


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25 April 1919:


Cecil was born in September 1891 in Market Harborough, Leicestershire his father, Joel was a butcher. After leaving school Cecil joined the business as an assistant. Cecil had two youunger sisters and two younger brothers. In December 1916 he married 28 year old May Swingler Hircock.  Cecil joined the 152nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery in …

17 May 1917 : Gnr Dennis Albert Holgate


Son of Joseph Holgate (a limestone quarryman) from Yorkshire and Elizabeth. At the 1901 Census three-year-old Dennis was living with his parents in Draughton, North Yorkshire with his 9 month old brother Frederick and two boarders - both working in the quarry alongside Joseph. At the 1911 Census, now 13, Dennis was at school. As well as ten year…

The Kaiser's Battle by Martin Middlebrook - how accurate are the statistics?


I am sure that many members of The Western Front Association were introduced to the subject of the Great War by reading Martin Middlebrook's The First Day on the Somme, which was first published 53 years after the end of the war in 1971. It is sobering to realise that nearly as many years have elapsed since its original publication to the recent an…

7 May 1918 : 2nd Lieut. John Leslie Godfrey


Fourth son of Joseth (a chartered secretary) and Louisa (née William) Godfrey from Finsbury Park. 1901 John was 6, and living at home with his parents, his 4 sisters and 3 brothers and a nursemaid.  1911 now age 16, John was living at home still with his parents, four sisters and four brothers, a visitor and two servants in their 14 roomed ho…

Military Factsheets republished


Between 1983 and 2003 a series of sixteen 'Military Factsheets' were produced by The Western Front Association. These have been long out of print and have become very difficult to obtain. Despite the passage of time these factsheets remain extremely useful to anyone seeking a deeper understanding of aspects of the Great War.  Using digital techno…

ONLINE 'From Gunner to Guerrilla – Tom Barry’s Road to Rebellion' by Gerry White


    About the online talk: Tom Barry was one of the most significant and controversial figures on the republican side during the Irish War of Independence. As commander of the Flying Column of Cork No. 3 Brigade of the IRA, he conducted a number of successful operations against the forces of the Crown including the Kilmchael Ambush on 28 Novemb…

The Camera Returns No.25 by Steve Wall and Bob Grundy


  A battery of 18-pounder guns of the Royal Field Artillery moving up towards Mailly-Maillet to meet the German advance, 26 March 1918 (IWM Q8631) []    The view in 1984 outside Maily-Maillet looking towards Forceville. © Steve Wall and Bob Grundy    Go…

5 September 1916 : Sgt George Lee


His parents were Frederick and Anne (née Lister). George's mother died within 2 weeks of his birth. Brothers Alexander and Charles (ages 13 and 14) and sister Louise (age 16) all died in 1881. His brother James died serving in Burma age 24 in 1894. On 5 April 1896 he Married Frances Emma Ainsley. Their son Robert was born the following 22 January …

26 December 1916 : 2nd LT George Bemand


George was the eldest of four children of Mary Ann Bemand (also known as ‘Minnie’ from Jamaica). It appears that the children's father was George Bemand (bachelor farmer). George was one of eight children born on a 300 acre farm (where they had five servants and six farm labourers) on Humberside to Robert Bemand. Robert died in 1899. George never…

30 December 1917 : Battery Sergeant Ernest George Harlock


  Colourisation of the original black and white photograph of Ernest Harlock by Calian Chevin.   Ernest's father was John (carter on a farm) and Emily Harlock. The family lived on a farm with all the family, in due course, engaged as carters or agricultural labourers.  Age 15 in at the 1901 Census, Ernest was at home his parents and siblings: Wi…

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


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…

ONLINE: 'Myths of Audregnies, 24th August 1914' by Major Phil Watson


Caption: 'The Taking of the Guns, 1914. Coloured engraving after Richard Caton Woodville, published by the 'Illustrated London News', 1914. Courtesy: National Army Museum   About this talk: This talk examines the famous charge at Audregnies, on 24 August 1914 during the Battle of Mons. On that day, the 9th Lancers and 4th Dragoon Guards, along wi…