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22 May 1917 Pte Herbert Killian


Age 13, in 1911, Herbert Killian (or variously Killiven or Killioen) was employed in a nut and bolts works. He lived with his father Michael, a coal miner (hewer), and his mother Margaret, who worked in the cotton mill. Herbert had one older sister and by the time of the 1911 census eight further younger siblings.  The family of ten were living …

19 September 1918 : Signaller John Ashworth


His parents were Joseph and Margaret Ashworth. At the 1901 Census the family comprised: sons Frank (4) and John (2) are living on Woodhouse St, Burnley. Both mother and father are work at the mill. Mother-in-law and sister-in-law lived with the family.  At the time of the April 1911 Census, and still only 12, John was a part time weaver at the m…

Malaria in the Great War


A 1946 map by kind permission of the World Health Organisation) Malaria in the Great War by Dr David Payne (This article first appeared in Stand To! No.77 September 2006 pp5 - 8) Introduction Throughout history pestilence has been the cause of the majority of the casualties of war. In general, the Great War proved to be an exception, with a r…

Lancashire North Despatch Issue 21: May 2018


The Soissons Memorial (frontispiece and page 19) commemorates the missing of the United Kingdom in the Battles of the Aisne and Marne in 1918 and on Page 2 is the story of the 2nd Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment that fought there helping the French regain land they had lost to the Germans.  Also inside read about a "Non-Ducker" who was wo…

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Clevedon's Own : The Great War 1914 -1918


ISBN: 1 901 084 41 8  PB 112 pp £9.95 (2008)Published by Clevedon History Publications.  Western Front Association member Rob Campbell has produced a fine book about the Somerset seaside town of Clevedon. Rob has lived in the town for many years and has collected medals awarded to residents of the town. Clevedon's Own is the result of years of res…

24 March 1917:  2nd Lieut. Richard Patrick Hemphill


His parents were the Rev, Samuel and Flora (née Delap). The family lived at Townparks, Birr Urban, King’s County, Ireland.  'Pat' as he was known was educated at Chesterfeild School and St Columba’s College, Rathfarnham, Dublin and Campbell College, Belfast. ‘Pat’ was a member of the OTC and a medical student a Trinity College, Dublin. He w…

Ep. 104 – The Salonika Front – Alan Wakefield


Alan Wakefield, Head of First World War & Early 20th Century Conflict at the Imperial War Museum and Chairman of the Salonika Campaign Society, talks about the Salonika campaign during the Great War.

A British soldier catches up with the latest war stories from 'Balkans News', the official organ of the British Salonika Force. It was published from November 1915, NAM. 1978-11-157-29-6 until May 1919.

War, Journalism and the Shaping of the 20th Century: The Life and Times of Henry W Nevinson by Angela V. John.


L B Taurus, London & New York. £29.50. 246 pp. 2 appendices. Notes, bibliog. Index. 3 maps, 16 ills. ISBN 1-84511-081-9 Henry Nevinson is now far less well known than his painter son CRW Nevinson whose disturbing images of the Great War have become justly renowned whilst Henry's journalism has been largely forgotten. Angela John’s study of N…

24 May 1918 : Lieut. Charles Edward Reynolds, Royal Air Force


2nd son of the late James (solicitor) and Annie (née Lowe) Age 5 at the 1901 Census, Charles was living at home with his parents, older brother James and younger sister Florence, a cook and nurse.  Educated at Dulwich College. Articled to his father.  Volunteered soon after the outbreak of war, joined the First Surrey Rifles as a 2nd Lieut bei…

15 June 1917 : Maurice Bousquet


Maurice Bousquest completed his compulsory military service in October 1912 and returned to his civilian occupation of shop keeper.  As an Active Army Reservist, he was returned to full time service as sergeant, the rank he attained during his previous service. At the outbreak of war, Bousquet re-joined the 57e R.I. at Bayonne. Soon in action…

23 June 1917 : Pte Sidney Crossley


Parents Herbert (a dock foreman working for a canal company) and Ellen (a cotton weaver). One of only two children at the Census in 1901 and living at 29 Greenshaw Street, Burnley. Ten years later parents and two children are now living at 134 Everly Street, Nelson. Both Sidney (age 20) and his sister Annie (15) were weavers in a local mill.  S…

The Five Baldock-Apps brothers from Hurst Green


Some people will know of the sacrifice of the Souls family from Great Rissington in the Cotswolds. The family's tragedy was recounted by Ian Hislop in the TV series 'Not Forgotten' on First World War memorials in 2005 and told again in a book that supported the series of the same name by Neil Oliver. Annie and William Souls of Hurst Green, East Su…

ONLINE : 10th (Irish) Division in Salonika


'Better Than No War At All' - 10th (Irish) Division in the Salonika Campaign 1915-1917 By Alan Wakefield  This talk looks at the Salonika Campaign as experienced by 10th (Irish) Division from the Allies initial landing in Greece during October 1915, through the winter fighting at Kosturino, construction of the Birdcage defence line and operations…

From the Western Front to Salonika: A French Soldier Writes Home by Catherine Labaume-Howards (ed)


Helion & Co., £19.95 (£19.75 direct from publisher),  soft back, 182pp, ills in page throughout, 6 appendices, indices.  ISBN: 978–191–109–628–3  [This review first appeared in Stand To! 109 June 2017 (Special Edition)] It is impossible to know why, that since the Great War, so few translations of French accounts of war – fact or fiction – …

17 March 1917 : 2nd Lieut. David Dennys Fowler, RFC


Dennys was the son of James Fowler and Mary Harriet (née Morgan) both were born in south Australia.  In 1898 David’s six year old brother died. At some point in the next year or so the family moved to England. By the time of the 1901 Census the 3 year old Dennys was at home with his parents at at 44/46 Albert Gate, Knightsbridge with his parent…

Albert Perkins - Who Do We Think He Is?


Many members of The Western Front Association will no doubt enjoy watching the BBC’s long-running series ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ (WDYTYA) which is now into its 19th series. The research undertaken to unearth the stories of those relatives of the celebrities who served in the Great War is an obvious point of interest for WFA members. Probably du…

Ep. 275 – Managing boredom in Salonika amongst British troops – Jake Gasson


Jake Gasson, a doctoral candidate at Pembroke College, University of Oxford, talks about his research into how British soldiers experienced and endured boredom as part of British forces deployed to Salonika. Your browser does not support the audio element. …

"Mountains, Mules and Malaria, Soldiering with the British Salonika Force 1915-1918" by Alan Wakefield


Alan is currently Head of First World War & Early 20th Century Conflict curatorial team at the IWM. He is a member of the British Commission for Military History and chairs the Salonika Campaign Society. Alan writes and lectures on various aspects of military history, with particular emphasis on the First World War and over the past decade has …

A Cockney Soldier and the Great War: Corporal William Charles Blumsom MM


Like so many that have an abiding fascination with the First World War, my interest was kindled when I learned that a relative had served in the conflict – in my case, my grandfather. I never knew him; he had died a quarter of a century before I was born. Inspired by family lore, I embarked upon an almost lifelong quest to reconstruct his life. Ini…

Railways And the Salonika Campaign


Brigette Holme will talk about the Salonika Campaign and Ian Lowe will talk about the importance & development of the railways during WW1

The Western Front Association 2024 Masters Grant Scheme Launched


Today, The Western Front Association Masters Grant Scheme is launched for 2024. The aim of this scheme is to provide students undertaking a research dissertation on a First World War topic the opportunity to enrich their research.  The Western Front Association wishes to support masters research by offering grants of £300 and an additional award…