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Nature of War

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A range of materials for mixed ability classes, for year 7, 8 and 9. Right click to save documents. If you have any resources you wish to share, please let us know! Document Title Focus Format Death of Red Baron Mystery activity  Word FWW Dressing station Medical services information  Word …


28 September 1917 : Pte John Dinsdale

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From Garras Gayle, Hawes, Yorkshire, born around 1893. The son of stonemason, William and mother Ann (née Taylor).  John was their only child until as second boy was born in 1906.  John was a tailor's apprentice before the war. he enlisted in the Yorkshire Hussars (Alexandra, Princess' of Wales Own).  He was sent to France in July. Invalided…


24 October 1918 : Pte John S Lamberton

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Parents John and Jessie Lamberton. John was a cabinet maker in the employ of Messrs W Mackenzie & Co prior to the war. In January 1917, he was conscripted into the Army Service Corps, where he served under the number T/291090. John was sent to France in the summer of 1917 but soon transferred to the 11th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers…


Major 'Alastair' Soutar, M.C.

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One of the well known 'classic' accounts of the First World War is 'Twelve Days' published in 1933 (and more recently republished as 'Twelve Days on the Somme') by Sidney Rogerson, an officer on the staff of 23 Infantry Brigade (part of the 8th Division). Less well known is his second book, about his experiences in May 1918 on the Aisne. This accou…


After Amiens – 38th (Welsh) Division

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It happened in the barber’s where my mother had taken me when I was a young child. ‘Mummy, why is that man making funny noises?’ The wheezing, rattling and muted bubbling sound stopped briefly as he turned to look at me, expressionless, then nodded towards my mother and turned away. My mother gave a very, very sharp tug on my coat sleeve. ‘Shhh!…


'Passchendaele' The 1992 Presidential Address delivered by the Honorary President John Terraine

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(This article first appears in Stand To! 37 Spring 1993  pp6 - 10 This year, 8 November was Remembrance Day—remembrance of the two World Wars, this century's two great catastrophes. For the first quarter-century of my life, Remembrance Day was always 11 November, the anniversary of Armistice Day, 11 November 1918, marking the end of the First Worl…


Following in R C Sherriff’s footsteps – the path to his own ‘Journey’s End’ in the Great War

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  Crescent Trench - British front line, 31 July 1917 8th Battalion Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment, 72 Brigade, 24th Division had attacked from this trench, left to right, on 31 July 1917 – the first day of the Third Battle of Ypres. They managed to advance about 1000 yards then were forced to fall back to Jordan Trench (see later photogra…


16 January : '"An elegy of mud, blood and darkness" : Australian war writing and the third battle of Ypres’ with Matt Haultain-Gall

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‘The year 1917 had been one of disaster for our arms in all save the Messines attack’ wrote the Australian ex-serviceman G.D. Mitchell in Backs to the Wall. Few of his comrades would have disagreed. The Australian Imperial Force (AIF) lost far more men in the battles for Bullecourt (France), Messines and Passchendaele than at their 1915 baptism o…


Street Memorials in South West Rocks, NSW

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South West Rocks is a small town with a population of about 5000 on the mid north coast of New South Wales, about 400 kilometres north of Sydney.  Located where the Macleay River enters the Pacific Ocean at Trial Bay (named after the brig Trial, which was wrecked in the area in 1816 after being seized in Sydney Harbour by escaping convicts), the to…


'Missing Died Survived' with Guy Senior

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'Missing-Died-Survived' is the story of three brothers who served in the Great War: Joseph, Walter and George Senior. Joseph served alongside Norman Macmillan in No.45 Squadron RFC; Walter fought at the battle of the Somme; and George saw action at the Second Battle of Ypres. This illustrated talk with Guy Senior features first-hand accounts and …


Ep. 174 – Ypres and its meaning through time – Prof Mark Connelly & Dr Stefan Goebel

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Professor Mark Connelly, Professor of Modern British History, University of Kent and Dr Stefan Goebel, Reader and Director of the Centre for the History of War, Media and Society, University of Kent, talk about their recent book on Ypres. This is published by OUP. Your brows…


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Two brothers, but in different armies

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It is not unusual to find brothers who were killed in the Great War. It is, however, unusual to find brothers who fought in different national contingents. One example of this is the case of Homer Emmett Smith who died on 10 November 1917 whilst serving in the 20th Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force. His brother Leon also served and was killed…


Sergeant Alexander Edwards VC : 24 March 1918

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Alexander Edwards was born in Lossiemouth on 4 November 1885, the son of Alexander and Jessie Edwards. A cooper, he enlisted in the 6 Seaforth Highlanders in September 1914, going to France with the Battalion on 1 May 1915. Above (top image) Sgt Alexander Edwards, and immediately above: Alexander and his brothers The battalion was in action …


Ep.200 - Logistics during the Messines - Third Ypres Campaign - Rob Thompson

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Historian Rob Thompson talks about how the British army supplied logistics and material for the Messines/Third Ypres Campaign of 1917. Your browser does not support the audio element. Gunners of the Royal Garrison Artillery unloading shell…


A Liverpool Lad at Ypres Pte Joseph Gough KIA 31 July 1917

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“The Valley of the Shadow, 31 July 1917. Down in the valley the Steenbeek flows, A brook you may cross with an easy stride, In death’s own valley between the rows of stunted willows om either side. You may cross in the sunshine without a care, with a brow that is fanned by the summer’s breath, Though you cross with a laugh, yet pause with a pr…


Zoom Talk – ONLINE ONLY - 'Mustard Gas' by Simon Jones

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Zoom Talk – ONLINE ONLY - 'Mustard Gas' by Simon Jones Simon will outline the origins, use and impact of the chemical weapon first used by Germany at Ypres in July 1917. This online talk is open to all.  You do not have to be a member of the Western Front Association to join this online meeting.  Details of how to join the meeting using Zoom are …


ONLINE: Canadian Nurses on the Western Front: From Passchendaele to Peace with Andrea McKenzie

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The presentation will be live and online. At 3:50 a.m. on 31 July 1917, the Allies attacked across an eleven mile front in the Ypres sector, the beginning of the Third Battle of Ypres. On 1 August nurses and other medical staff at Canadian Casualty Clearing Station No. 2 battled to care for the more than 2,000 wounded soldiers who swamped the 300 …


Artillery at Pilkem Ridge

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Lt-Col Simon Shephard - 'Artillery Conquers, Infantry Occupies': A study in the performance of British Artillery during the Third Battle of Ypres This presentation seeks to assess the performance of the British Expeditionary Forces artillery during the preparation for, and conduct of, the Third Battle of Ypres in 1917.  To carry out this assessmen…