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3 September 1915 : Lt William Darnell VC


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…

15 October 1914 : Pte Arthur William Heptinstall


His parents were James (a joiner) and Ann Heptinstall. Arthur was the seventh of their children born between 1864 and 1878.  Arthur enlisted in Bradford on 10 November 1899, joining 2nd Bn Royal Scots (Infantry). He was 21. He served in South Africa from 1900 to 1902 and in India from 1902 to 1907, where he became a qualified telegraphist. He ex…

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Stand To! No.1 to No.133 Full Contents Listing


Stand To! 1-133 Content Stand To  1 Spring 1981 Editorial Notes (Peter T. Scott) Serving members of the Western Front Association Early Days, New Paths and Acknowledgements Inaugural Meeting: John Terraine's Address. Historian John Terraine berates those who indulge in ‘purely tragic pilgrimages to the Western Front’. The Loving Care of the…

Major Arthur Hughes-Onslow: soldier, jockey and one of the first British deaths in the Great War


Arthur Hughes-Onslow was born in 1862. He joined the 10th Hussars at Lucknow, India and stayed in the regiment for 20 years. Along the way, he acquired the nickname of 'Junks', although he had no idea why it was given to him. It soon became the name by which he was known by family, friends, the racing public and fellow soldiers alike. Everyone w…

6 January 1915: Gerald 'Robin' Seckham


Robin's parents were Gerald Seckham (barrister at law) and Rebecca Mary (known as 'Minnie') (née Adair).   At the 1901 census Gerald junior was eight and he had a sister Nora, age five. They lived at the Lodge in Whittington, Shortlands, Kent. At some point he become known as 'Robin' - clearly as a way to differentiate between father and son.  …

27 February 1915 : Pte John Barley


His parents were Thomas, an agricultural labourer and his mother was Sarah Ann (née Sharp). He was one of seven children. A farmer labourer himself by the age of 14, living at 57 Farm Houses, Welbourn, Lincolnshire.  Photography by Richard Croft CC BY-SA 2.0 John enlisted, age 17, 24 November 1893 in the Lincolnshire Regiment.  He served nine…

Ep. 111 – L/Cpl Wijnand 'Vic' Hamman, 2nd South African Regt – Emile Coetzee


Emile Coetzee, from North West University in South Africa, talks about L/Cpl Wijnand 'Vic' Hamman, who served in South African 2nd Regt during the Great War.

 A full-length depiction of a soldier standing over the dead body of a Red Cross nurse (possibly Edith Cavell) lying on a grassy hillside.Burt Thomas poster Argus Co Ltd, Cape Town (printer) © IWM Art.IWM PST 12330

Ep. 125 – The 1914-5 Campaign in German SW Africa – Antonio Garcia


Antonio Garcia talks about his recent book on the South African campaign against German South West Africa in 1914/5 (published by Helion).

Ep. 127 – The 1914 Afrikaner Rebellion – Emile Coetzee


Emile Coetzee, from North West University in South Africa, talks about the 1914 Afrikaner Rebellion.

12 April 1917: L/Cpl. William Holland


Parents Henry and Hannah (née Jopp) of 27 Eaton Rise, Ealing. Grandson of General H W Holland. Educated at Tonbridge. Employed on the staff of the London County & Westminster Bank and subsequently on the staff of the National Bank of South Africa. In September 1911 he left banking and joined the Transvaal Scottish Regiment in Johannesb…

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…

21 June 1917 : Major Henry George Vergottini Adler


His parents were Wilhelm Heinrich and Cecelia (née Virgottini) of Gloucester Crescent, London.  Henry was educated at Army House, Neuenheim College, but resigned after 2 years to study mining and metallurgy at the School of Mines, South Kensington. He was a Member of the Institute of Civil Engineers.  In 1897 he married Miss Ruby Escombe at…

29 June 1918 : Lieut. Reginald Edward Guise M.C.


Reginald, the son of Rivett Francis Guise (Deputy Inspector-General, Indian Police) and Mary Elizabeth Maud (née Boissier) was also the great-grandson of Sir John Wright, a distinguished military man of the French War in Egypt, Hanover on the Peninsula, where he was awarded the Victoria Cross for gallant conduct at Fuentes d’Ogor, Salamanca and V…

Ep. 170 – Louis Botha, South African PM during WW1 – Prof. Ian Van Der Waag & Dr Tony Garcia


Professor Ian Van Der Waag, Professor and Head of Department of Military History at Stellenbosch University, and Dr Tony Garcia, an independent scholar talk about their research into life and career of Louis Botha, Boer military commander and South African Prime Minister before and during the Great War. …

Ep. 201 - Jan Smuts - Prof. Ian Van Der Waag and Tony Garcia


Professor Ian Van Der Waag, Professor and Head of Department of Military History at Stellenbosch University, and Dr Tony Garcia, Research Fellow History at Stellenbosch University, talk about their research into the life and career of South African statesman, soldier and politician Jan Smuts, before and during the Great War. …

Ivor Thord-Gray - Mercenary, Spy? Thief? … and CO 11th Northumberland Fusiliers


Ivor Thord-Gray was a man for whom war (to paraphrase Lord Reith) was ‘in his bones’.  A Swede, born Ivar Thord Hallström (the change in name being for reasons unknown) in Stockholm on 17 April 1878, he set out on a life that would have made good fiction if it were not actually true. After two years on merchant ships (1893-5), he landed in Cape Tow…

'The War in West Africa' a talk by Christopher Mellor-Hill


This talk is the second of two talks given by Christopher Mellor-Hill of Noonans auctioneers looking at the War in Africa. This will consider the war in West Africa including the actions in South-West Africa by the South African forces. Christopher is head of Client Liaison at Noonans - the specialist Medal & Coin Auctioneers. His enthusiasm f…

ONLINE : ‘Botha, Smuts and the First World War’ with Dr Tony Garcia and Prof. Ian Van Der Waag


In this online talk, the audience will be taken on a captivating journey through the road to 1914 and the onset of the First World War. It was a time of upheaval for South Africa, characterised by significant events that left an indelible mark on its history. The narrative begins with a challenging start for leaders Botha and Smuts, as they faced …

Ep. 321 – Field Marshal Lord Birdwood – Richard Farrimond


In this podcast, Richard Farrimond discusses their motivation for writing a comprehensive biography of Field Marshal Lord Birdwood, highlighting their personal connection to Clifton College and Birdwood’s autobiography, Khaki and Gown, as initial inspirations. Your browser do…

ONLINE: Harington of Chanak


The presentation will be live and online.  Widely known for the address before the battle of Messines which commenced 'Gentlemen, we may not make history tomorrow, but we shall certainly change the geography' and often remembered solely for being General Plumer's Chief of Staff, the life of Sir Charles Harington Harington, known to all as 'Tim…

'Introduction to the Great War in Africa' - Anne Samson


At our Hatfield Peverel venue this will be the first visit of Anne Samson to the Essex Branch, to present a talk on a subject that I suspect most will have only a small knowledge of but carried on over the whole course of the First World War. This talk provides an overview of how Africa became involved in the First World War, why British Africa wa…

Botha, Smuts and the Great War. A talk by Antonio Garcia.


Antonio Garcia will talk about the subjects of his 2023 biography, co-authored with Ian van der Waag,  longlisted in January 2024 for the SAHR Templer Medal.    Tony is a senior manager in the civil-service, who additionally holds non-resident academic positions, including at Durham University. Commissioned as a combat engineer officer in the SANDF…