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One of the last true cavalry charges: The Charge of The Dorset Yeomanry at Agagia, Western Desert, 26 February 1916


Britain's declaration of war on Turkey on 5 November 1914 created a threat to the Suez Canal, a vital artery of the British Empire. Whilst the main threat to the Canal came from the east (across the Sinai desert) the Turks and their German allies recognised that a threat to the British from the west could assist their ambitions of cutting off the S…

4 February 1915 : Lieut. Richard Apjohn Fitzgibbon


Richard was the only son of Harry Fitzgibbon of Greystones, County Wicklow and Helen Rebecca Fitzgibbon (née Surgeon) of Dublin.  He was educated at Strangways School, Dublin; Lickey Hills Prep School, Barnt Green;  Radley College and Christ Church, Oxford. Richard coxed rowing eights at for Radley at Henley, and for Christ Church at Oxford…

Running the Rufiji Gauntlet: The destruction of SMS Königsberg


Early on the morning of 6 July 1915 two warships slipped away from Tirene Bay on Mafia Island, and slowly headed towards the coast of Tanzania, less than 30 miles away. The vessels were small, at 265 feet in length, and sat very low in the water: there was only three feet of freeboard fore and aft. However, they were heavily armed, each carrying tw…

Dr Adam Prime


    Dr Adam Prime BA(Hons), MA, PhD A native of the Staffordshire Moorlands, Adam graduated from the University of Salford in 2011 with a BA(Hons) in Contemporary Military and International History. He followed that with an MA in Military History from the University of Chester.  In 2013, he was awarded a PhD studentship from the University of…

The First Battle of the Suez Canal - a presentation by Stuart Hadaway


Stuart's presentation focuses on the First Battle of Suez Canal. This will include the actions of Indian forces, the Royal Navy, etc.   

'The Egyptian Expeditionary Force in the First World War' with Dr Adam Prime


  Dr Adam Prime will be talking about the 1st Battle of the Suez Canal, February 1915.  This battle saw the Ottomans make a serious attempt to cut the Canal - 'the jugular vein of the British Empire' - and get repulsed by the largely Indian Army garrison. If you have attended one of our talks before you should receive the details automatically.  …

ONLINE: The Defence of the Suez Canal, 1914-15


The presentation will be live and online.  The purpose of this talk by Dr Adam Prime is to give an account of not just of the Suez Canal's place in British strategy and the battle itself but also of the soldiers' experiences in Egypt. For the Territorials from East Lancashire this was their first time abroad. For the Indian regulars this was t…