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11 February 1889 MacGregor VC, Canada’s most highly decorated soldier

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John MacGregor was born on 11 February 1889 at Cawdor in the County of Nairnshire and was the third child of William and Hanna MacGregor. He was brought up on a croft at Newlands of Urchany and was baptised at Cawdor Free Church. He attended Geddes School, Cawdor School and Nairn Academy when he left full time education in 1907. When he left scho…


2/Lt Edward Felix Baxter VC

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The short biography that follows is based on the account which appears in Gerald Gliddon's 'VCs of the First World War: Cambrai 1917' (The History Press. 2012). Edward Felix Baxter was born on 18 September 1885 at Thornleigh, 35 Hagley Road, Old Swinford, Stourbridge, in Worcestershire. His home later became a YMCA Centre. He was the second son of…


18 August 1917 : Sgt Frederick John Hobson VC

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Frederick was born 23 September 1873 in Norwood, London the son of John Hobson (a stone mason) and Sarah Hobson (nee Wallace) then living at 14 Wood St, Pancras.  With the death of his father and mother when still young, leaving only one surviving sister, Frederick joined the British Army and served during the Boer War. After a few years back in E…


3 September 1915 : Lt William Darnell VC

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William was born 6 April 1885 in Collingwood, Melbourne. On 15 April 1907 he married. He went to England on 12 February 1915 he joined the 25th Battalion, the Royal Fusiliers, as a temporary lieutenant. By early May, he was in Mombasa. In June, the Fusiliers captured Bukoba, the German base for attacks on the Ugandan frontier. On 3 September 1…


021: Winter 1987

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'William Harold Coltman VC' a talk by his great-grandson Tim Coltman

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Tim Coltman, William Harold Coltman VC's great-grandson, will give this talk. William Harold Coltman was the most decorated NCO in the British Army in the Great War. He was awarded the Victoria Cross, the Distinguished Conduct Medal & Bar and the Military Medal & Bar.   He was a Stretcher Bearer. According to the Staffordshire Re…


The Road to Victory 1918

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Book review by Anne Clayton. The Road to Victory 1918 covers the fifty days between 8 August and 26 September when the Allied advance gathered momentum, from the first efforts east of Amiens, southwards to Peronne and then swinging to the north-east. Accounts are given of the sixty-four Victoria Crosses won during this time, including Scottish-bor…


The Final Days 1918

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Book review by Anne Clayton. The Final Days 1918 gives details of fifty-six VC winners who gained their awards during the six weeks prior to the Armistice. The last VC before the Armistice was awarded to A / Major B.M.Cloutman for his bravery during the crossing of the River Sambre on 6 November. Cloutman was with 59th Field Company, Royal Enginee…


069: January 2004

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079: April 2007

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'Noel Chavasse - Double VC' with Pete Starling

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Peter Starling revisits Ox & Bucks to discuss Noel Chavasse's military service, the actions for which he was awarded the VC not one but twice and his untimely death. 


Henry May VC

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Henry May VC was one of 5 servicemen to win a VC on the Western Front in October 1914 and will have a commemorative paving stone dedicated to his memory at a ceremony to be held in the City of Glasgow on or around 22 October 2014. His stone will be the second one laid to a Glasgow VC, the one of Capt Harry Sherwood Ranken being the first. Both men …


Harold Mugford VC

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Harold Mugford was born at 149 Keetons Road, Bermondsey, London on 31 August 1894, the second son of Richard John Sanford and Rose Lillian Mugford (nee Parsons). The family later moved to 2 Gillett Avenue, East Ham where he attended the Shrewsbury Road School.  On leaving school, he found employment as a clerk with a shipping company, Furness Withy…


How a Stockton man won the VC

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  Ted Cooper writes how his granda won the VC. Edward Cooper was born in Stockton on the 4th May 1896.  He left school at the age of 13 and by 1914 he was selling fruit for the Co-operative Society.  When war was declared, many of the Co-op’s horses were commandeered by the army and Ned was unable to work.  He was put on an early holiday, durin…


Lance Corporal William Cotter

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The following account is based on Gerald Gliddon's account of Cotter's career published in 'VCs of the First World War: Cambrai 1917' published by The History Press.   Lance/Corporal (Acting) Corporal William Cotter was the second Allied soldier to win the Victoria Cross on the Western Front in 1916. He was a member of the 6th (Service) Battalion…


11 August 1918 : Lieut. Alfred Edward Gaby VC

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Alfred went to school in Scottsdale and after school worked on the family farm. He then spent some time in southern Tasmania. While working on his father's farm he had joined the militia and served for three years with the 12th Infantry Battalion (Launceston Regiment). Two elder brothers had seen active service in the South African War.   Before …


Stand To! 1 to 116 Full Contents Listing

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Stand To! 1-116 Contents    Stand To  1 Spring 1981 Editorial Notes (Peter T. Scott) Serving members of the Western Front Association Early Days, New Paths and Acknowledgements Inaugural Meeting: John Terraine's Address. Historian John Terraine berates those who indulge in ‘purely tragic pilgrimages to the Western Front’. The Loving Care o…


The Green Howards in the Great War - Steve Erskine

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Steve Erskine, Curator at the Green Howards Museum, will giving an overview of the actions of this famous local regiment during the war in which 12 of it's soldiers won the Victoria Cross.


The Battle of the Sambre 4 November 1918 by Dr. Derek Clayton

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Please note: this a change to our originally published programme for 2018 due to Charles Messenger being unavailable. The Battle of the Sambre, 4 November 1918, was a decisive British victory. The battle has, however, been largely neglected by historians: it was the last large-scale, set-piece battle fought by the British Expeditionary Force on th…


Pension Records: Famous, Infamous, Extraordinary and Ordinary

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The Western Front Association's Pension Record Card and Ledger archive which is being published online by Ancestry is a magnificent set of never-seen before material which massively helps those looking for 'Great Uncle Bill' to not track down their relative but also put a little bit of extra information on the serviceman's story. It has been said …


'The Congreves. Father and son VCs' by Spencer Jones

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Sir William Norris Congreve VC was the father of Major William La Touche Congreve, VC. They are one of only three father and son pairs to win a Victoria Cross. He was born in Chatham Barracks, United Kingdom in 1862. Age 28, in May 1890 he married Cecilia La Touche. From May 1915 - November 1915 Sir Walter Congreve commanded 6th Division from Ma…