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14 October 1917 : Private William Haldenby

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William would have expected to be safe when, on 14 October 1917 he was returning to Dulwich Camp, near Elverdinghe after his battalion had been sent to get cleaned up at the baths at Elverdinghe Chateau. The battalion (1st Battalion, Scots Guards) had just taken part with the rest of the Guards Division in the Battle of Poelcapelle, the battalion…


Scots in Great War London: A Community at Home and on the Front Line 1914–1919

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By Paul McFarland Helion, £19.95, hb, 264pp, ills throughout (some colour), index. ISBN: 978–191–239–078–6 In reviewing this book I confess some bias. Almost 40 years ago to the day when I wrote this, I crossed the threshold of 59, Buckingham Gate and signed on as a private in the London Scottish. I am, therefore, an open goal for this book! Th…


29 October 1914 : Fred Cockett

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Fred was son of Elizabeth Cockett and (it is presumed) Joseph Moore (they married in 1891). Frederick was the eldest brother of Gunner John Moore, who is also recorded on this site, who died from his wounds in 1918. In the 1891 Yorkshire Census, Fred, aged 4 years, was living with his grandparents, John and Mary Cockett (nee Constantine). John was…


A Sobering Aspect of the Christmas Truce : 25 December 1915

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Many of the accounts of the Christmas ‘Truce’ in 1914 focus on the exchange of gifts and the supposed playing of football…but in at least one instance, there was a more serious and sobering aspect to the fraternisation that took place. Above: British and German officers meeting in No-Man's Land during the unofficial truce. (British troops from t…


Way of Revelation (1921) by Wilfred Ewart

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Wilfred Herbert as portrayed in Graham Stephen's 'The Life and Last Words of Wilfred Ewart' (1924) At the time of his death, the 30 year old Wilfred Ewart was a successful journalist and author who had given five years of his life to the Great War. Composed in notepads and published as reports under various names during the war his fictionalised…


‘The Life and Last Words of Wilfrid Ewart’ by Stephen Graham

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Putnam, 1924   Wilfrid Ewart, journalist and author, served in the Scots Guards 1915-1919. A prolific writer, he kept a notebook with him at all times. Conveniently (for us) he was injured badly enough to return him home twice during the war during which time he wrote numerous accounts of his experiences ‘under a different name every time’. (Gr…