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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…


15 October 1914 : Pte Arthur William Heptinstall

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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…


037: Spring 1993

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Stand To! No.1 to No.125 Full Contents Listing

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Stand To! 1-125 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

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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

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His 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.  Te…


27 February 1915 : Pte John Barley

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Parents Thomas, an agricultural labourer and mother Sarah Ann (née Sharp). 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 years in the Regulars and…


12 April 1917: L/Cpl. William Holland

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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.

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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

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Parents Wilhelm Heinrich and Cecelia (née Virgottini) of Gloucester Crescent, London.  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.  Married 1897, Miss Ruby Escombe at St.Mary Abbot's Church, S…


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

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

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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 by Peter Hodgkinson

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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…