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15 August 1917 : Pte Samuel Young


He was the son of John (a brickmaker) and Elizabeth. At the 1891 they lived in Gold's Green, West Bromwich, though ten years later, when Samuel was 10, the family had moved to Tunbridge Wells. Another decade and in April 1901 Sam was visiting relatives, the Lloyd family, back in Gold's Green. Another decade and he is married with children - he h…

21 August 1918 : Sgt Sebastian Mitterhofer, 7 Komp, Kgl Bay 10 Inf Regt ‘König'.


He was married with one child.  At the outbreak of the war he was an office worker in Weisenberg, Bavaria. An active reservist, he therefore saw service from the very earliest days of the war.  He was in action from August 1914 in Lorraine, then on the Meuse, at Verdun, the Somme, Arras, Third Ypres, Cambrai, Dixmude and Verdun (1918) to Augu…

2 September 1917 : Pte George Fieldhouse


His parents were Charles (a foreman at a carpet works) and Elizabeth Fieldhouse. They lived at 21 Armitage St, Raventhorpe, Dewsbury. At the 1901 Census George, age 7, was at home with his parents and six siblings: an older brother Herbert and four sisters. Circumstances could not have been easy; their father spent 14 days in prison for debt an…

10 November 1917 : Theodor Schwarzmuller


A book-keeper before the war, Theodor was called into service in the Autumn of 1914 and saw frontline service as from November 1914. First engaged during the latter stages of the 1st Battle of Ypres, he remained on the Western Front and took part in several major engagements during which he gained the Iron Cross 2nd Class. Theodor was griev…

20 November 1917 : Pte Stephen Carroll


The son of Luke Carroll (a brick maker) and Amelia Ann (née Walsh).  Stephen enlisted into the Special Reserve on 20 July 1914. Age 5 at the 1901 England Census, Stephen lived with his parents, his father Luke now a brick seller and infant brother and four boarders in Burnley.  Age 15 at the 1911 England Census, Stephen still lived at home, wi…

23 November 1917 : Pte Joseph Hoole


His parents were Edward and Mary Ann (neé Hodson).  At the 1891 Census, age 2, Joseph ('Jos') lived at home (44 Bow Lane, Preston) with his parents, older brother Frederick and a lodger (his mother's brother). Both parents worked in a local cotton mill.  Joseph's father died in April 1897 when Joseph was still only five years old.  Fred joined …

28 November 1917 : James Metcalfe


Age 17 James emigrated to Masterston, New Zealand. At the outbreak of war in 1914 he was employed as a labourer in Whakatane. He enlisted into the New Zealand Rifle Brigade on 12 October 1915 and embarked for Egypt on 5 February 1916. After several weeks in Egypt, he was transferred to the Western Front and was a participant in the Battle …

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Lancashire North Despatch Issue 19: May 2017


Lancashire North Branch Issue 19: May 2017 Despatch The RAMC at Messines during the 1917 Offensive by Lancashire born artist Gilbert Rogers is the basis for May 2017's frontispiece and Gilbert’s story is on the back page.  Also read inside about the German naval raid on a North Sea convoy in October 1917; the death of Lieutenant Punchard of the 1/…

An Irish Soldier in the British Army


Survivors of 47 Brigade going back to rest area after the Battle of Guillemont-Ginchy, September 1916. Image: ‘Claremen in the 1st Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers’. J Kidney is listed in the section ‘Clare men in the Royal Munster Fusiliers and where they came from’. 16th (Irish) Division and the Gas Attacks at Hulluch (Loos) A…

The Generals. John Terraine's 1982 Address to The Western Front Association


 [This piece, a transcript of John Terraine's 1982 address, first appeared in Stand To! No. 7 Spring 1983 pp.4- 7] IMAGE (Photo: IWM Q9689) Haig and his Army Commanders at Cambrai, 11 November 1918. First and second rows, left to right: Plumer (Second Army), Byng (Third Army), Haig, Birdwood (Fifth Army), Rawlinson (Fourth Army), Horne (First A…

6 December 1917: Pte Walter Catlow


The son of Jonathan and Mary Catlow (née Naylor). At the 1881 Census, age 15, Walter lived at home with his seven siblings ages 19 to 3. All the older children, from 11 year old Clara to 25 year old Henry worked as cotton weavers in 1881. They lived at 35 Hollingreave Road, Burnley. By the 1901 Census, Mary, widowed when her husband died in Au…

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1917: Right Story, Wrong Location


The following piece, by military historian Andrew Rawson discusses the location implied in the new film '1917'. I am no fan of the majority of modern World War I films, because errors and inconsistencies with the facts irritate me. However, they do bring pleasure to a great many and even introduce new people to this important period of history. I …

Ypres Salient Tank Memorial unveiled at Poelcapelle 10 October 2009


This article by Rob Kirk first appeared ten years ago in Bulletin 86 : Feb/March 2010 pp 8 -10. Members receive Bulletin, the member magazine of The Western Front Association, three times a year. It is also available to Digital Members as a PDF.  Ypres Salient Tank Memorial unveiled at Poelcapelle The unveiling of the Tank Memorial at Poelcapell…

Ep. 18 – Passchendaele – Dr Nick Lloyd


Dr Nick Lloyd, from King’s College London, discusses the Battle of Third Ypres and his new book Passchendaele, A New History (published by Viking Penguin).

The Battle of Hill 70


The Third Battle of Ypres (commonly, but inaccurately known as ‘Passchendaele’) commenced on 31 July 1917. High hopes of success soon evaporated as the attack bogged down in the mud caused by torrential rain. In an attempt to draw German troops away from the Ypres sector, a diversionary attack was planned to take place to the south in the Lens/Loos…

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


In this Mentioned in Dispatches podcast, historian Rob Thompson talks about what got him interest in the First World War, and how he became fascinated by a subject so many others found boring - logistics. He then weaves together a narrative that shows how successful 'logistics', known only as 'supply and transport' at the time, fed the BEF munition…

ONLINE: 'Analysing the Enemy: Major James Cuffe and Third Ypres' with Dr Jim Beach


The presentation will be live and online.  Today, Major James Cuffe would be described as a senior intelligence analyst. In 1917 his role at GHQ BEF was to examine German defences and predict how they would respond to British attacks. Fortunately for history, and our understanding of the Third Ypres, he kept copies of the key assessments that he w…

Of No Earthly Use. The 2nd Line Territorial Force Divisions and the Western Front 1914–18 by K W Mitchinson


(Helion, 2021) £29.95, paperback, 301 pages inc maps, index, notes and refs. plus 18 pages full colour photographs. ISBN 978–1–914059–95–7 Buy a copy now >  Since 1995, Bill Mitchinson has been producing meticulously researched books on some of the less fashionable units of the British Army in the early 20th century, espe…