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3 September 1915 : Lt William Darnell VC

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Parents Henry and Rose Ann. William enlisted, only age 15, in 1901 in the South African Rifles and went to Africa. He returned to Australia 12 years later, became an actor and married Elizabeth (née Smyth) in April 1906.  They lived at 'Maktau', Phillips Avenue, Murrumbeena, Victoria.  William enlisted when war was declared in August 1914 an…


The Baron and the Barmaid

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Sir John French, the commander-in-chief of the BEF until December 1915 was one of the many Anglo-Irish who served in the British Army in the Victorian and Edwardian period. Sir John's family was related to the French/De Freyne family which had settled in County Wexford in the fourteenth century. A distant cousin of Sir John's was Arthur, the 4th Ba…


25 April 1917: GS/51615 Pte Edward Harwood, 13th Bn Royal Fusiliers

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Born in Blackburn, Lancashire in 1887, Edward was living at 25,Coultate Street in Burnley at the time of his enlistment. Originally enlisting in the East Lancashire Regiment (as 27798), he was transferred to the 13th Bn Royal Fusiliers immediately prior to being sent on active service. Edward was killed in action near Gavrelle during the Battle of …


Captains Frederick ‘Fred’ C. Selous and Frederick ‘Freddie’ H.B. Selous - The father and son killed on the same day

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There are of course lots of coincidences in the First World War, but one that is quite remarkable is that of the father and son both of whom were killed in action on the same day - 4 January - but a year apart. What is even more remarkable is the unusual unit to which the father was serving when he was killed. Captain Frederick Courtney Selous F…


4 February 1915 : Lieut. Richard Apjohn Fitzgibbon

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Richard was the only son of Harry Fitzgibbon of Greystones, County Wicklow and Helen Rebecca Fitzgibbon (née Surgeon) of Dublin.  He was educated at Strangways School, Dublin; Lickey Hills Prep School, Barnt Green;  Radley College and Christ Church, Oxford. Richard coxed rowing eights at for Radley at Henley, and for Christ Church at Oxford…


Ep. 108 – Nobody of Any Importance – Phil Sutcliffe

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Phil Sutcliffe talks about his father’s account of being an infantryman during the Great War. Your browser does not support the audio element.   Phil's father, Sam Sutcliffe, was a World War One 'Tommy.' He enlisted at the age of 16 in t…


25 July 1916 : Pte Colin A Arrol

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The only son of Walter Arrol (an army Major then brewer and wine merchant) and Beatrice (née Bateman).  In 1901 age 15, Colin as at home with his family living at Underwood, Broomhaugh, Northumberland. He was educated at Larchfield School, Helensburgh, by a private tutor and at Newcastle-on-Tyne College.  In 1911 age 25 Colin was still livin…


19 January 1918 : Brigadier General Gordon Strachey Shephard

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Whilst researching Dorset War Memorials, the author came across the following paragraph: ‘In the grounds of the camp (1) at Osmington is a small wooden sentry box. Inside is a truncated propeller, cut to form a cross. On the boss is a small plaque which reads: ‘In memory of Brigadier G S Sheppard DSO, MC and RFC Jan 1918’.’ (2) Living near the …


Nobody of Any Importance with Phil Sutcliffe

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A Foot soldier's Memoir of World War One. Phil's father, Sam Sutcliffe, was a World War One 'Tommy.' He enlisted at the age of 16 in the 2/1st Royal Fusiliers in September 1914 and subsequently fought at Gallipoli the following year. He then fought on the Somme in July 1916 before being sent home as he was discovered to be still too young for fore…


22 January 1918 : 2nd Lieut. Robert Cadzow, R.F.C.

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Son of Robert Cadzow and Christina (née Fleming)  At the 1901 Census, age 2, Robert was at home with his parents and younger brother Andrew and maternal grandmother Mrs Helen Fleming. There were also four servants, and four farm labourers living on the farm.  Sisters, Helen and Janet were born in 1902 and 1903.  He was educated in the state …


'Nobody of Any Importance' - Phil Sutcliff

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Tuesday 26th April - Phil Sutcliffe speaks about his father's autobiography 'Nobody of Any Importance'  A Foot soldier's Memoir of World War One. Phil's father, Sam Sutcliffe, was a World War One 'Tommy.' He enlisted at the age of 16 in the 2/1st Royal Fusiliers in September 1914 and subsequently fought at Gallipoli the following year. He then fo…