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Lancashire North Despatch Issue 17: May 2016


Lancashire North Branch Despatch issue 17: May 2016  The front page of this Despatch takes on an unusual layout to display to best effect the photograph of Lady Mary Gerard and Corporal Daniel Finch MM.  After Editor’s Musing on Page 2 is the story behind the photo and of Corporal Finch’s war.  Then follows Niall Cherry’s account of how Richard To…

'From Private to Major via the Foresters Arms': The life, death and rediscovery of Octavius Darby-Griffith, MC


British visitors to the south of France will often take the A26 'Autoroute des Anglais' out of Calais. Some 140 miles down this autoroute, they will see on a prominent hill to the right the towers of the medieval cathedral at Laon. Some may turn off the autoroute to pay a visit, others will press on towards Rheims and further south. If the opportu…

3 August 1915 : Corporal Richard Porter


(Prince of Wales’s Volunteers) 2nd South Lancashires.

Lived at 82, Bruce Street, St.Helens and served for 10 years in India before the war.

Arrived in France 28 December 1914.

Killed in action 'in the thick of the fighting' according to the local newspaper report of his death.

Image from 'Remembering World War One' 


The Censuring of Lieutenant Colonel John MacCarthy-O’Leary


In February 1918, 55th (West Lancashire) Division took over trenches in the Givenchy sector. The division’s units had sustained severe losses during the German counter-attack at Cambrai at the end of November and had since been rebuilding and training in the rear. During that counter-stroke, 1/5th South Lancashire, of 166 Brigade, had been almost w…

In Which They Served by Richard Cullen


£25.00, Unicorn, London, 2020, 336pp hardback, ills throughout, 9 maps. Notes sources and index.  ISBN 978 1 9134 9103 1  [This review first appeared in the July 2021 issue of Stand To! No.123]. This unusual book is about five very different people told through the story of their medals. The author started collecting medals as a schoolboy, but…