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21 October 1916 : L/Cpl William Beck

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William Beck's family moved to Walthamstow and he attended Blackhorse Road Boys’ School from 1902-1907. At the 1911 Census William, age 18, was working as a metal polisher. He was the oldest of eight children.  William enlisted as a private at the start of the war in the 8th Battalion, The Norfolk Regiment and during two years of service he achie…


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‘The Black Man’, ‘The Brat’ and Londoners on the Somme

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Reflections on the Capture of Thiepval, September 1916 by Prof Peter Simkins. I have long been interested in 18th (Eastern) Division’s capture of the village of Thiepval in September 1916. Indeed, my well-known fascination with 18th Division has prompted some fellow historians, such as Gary Sheffield, to refer to the formation as ‘Simmo’s Own’. Th…


'Missing-Died-Survived. The Senior Brothers and The Great War' by Guy Senior

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‘Missing-Died-Survived’ is a rich, complex, family story told by the the grandson of the brother that survived. In his new book, Guy Senior, weaves together a collection of letters home from the Western Front, qualified with original records and privately held photographs from family, and family friends.  Joseph Senior served alongside Norman Ma…


‘Two years in the making. Ten minutes in the destroying’ – A Sheffield soldier at the heart of ‘Covenant with Death’.

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John Harris’s 1961 book, ‘Covenant with Death’, is a well-known ‘fictionary’ account of the Sheffield City Battalion, taking it from formation to catastrophe at Serre on 1 July 1916. Harris (1916-1991), a Rotherham-born journalist, cartoonist and fiction writer (his list of publications is lengthy), worked for the Sheffield Telegraph both befor…