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26 October 1917 : Pte George Towler

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The son of John (farmer) and Rose (née Thwaite) their fourth child of seven.   Age 20 at the 1911 Census George was working in Lancaster as a grocer's apprentice. He then emigrated to Canada. At the time of his enlistment he was working as a grocer's clerk in Alberta.  He undertook his medical in June 1916, in Vernon, British Columbia and enliste…


098: September 2013

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109 : June/July 2017 Special Edition

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30 June 1917 : Cpl Alex Robert Colman

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Alex moved to Montgomery County, Indiana, USA in 1912  Alex then moved to Canada, where he gained employment as a stenographer and enlisted into the Canadian Army at Port Arthur, Ontario on 13 September 1915. Trained at Port Arthur and Gresley Park, he was sent to the UK on 23 November 1915, prior to service in France and Flanders from 21 Februar…


10 August 1918 : 916855 Corporal Harry Cecil Ellis

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Born 6 September 1891 in Westbury on Trym, Gloucestershire, their fifth child, the son of George and Zenobia Ellis of Parnell Road, Clevedon, Somerset.  At the April 1911 Census, the 18 year old Harry, now a grocer, lived at the imposing 18 Hill Road, Clevedon with 9 others, most of whom, including the Head of the House were drapers and milliners.…


Cancelled: Byng of Vimy: a talk by Prof John Derry

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A cavalryman by profession, Julian Byng served on the Western Front and Gallipoli before becoming Commander of the Canadian Corps, gaining sensational success at Vimy Ridge. Always interested in the welfare of the men he commanded, he improved methods of training and was a capable commander of Third Army. After the war he was Governor-General of Ca…


Sentenced to Death. The Public Record Office Court Martial Files.

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[This article originally appeared in Gun Fire No.31. It has been lightly edited for the purposes of publishing on the WFA's website. Illustrations have been added that did not appear in the original. All of these magazines are now available to WFA members via the Member Login. Joining the Western Front Association gives you access not only to the 5…


8 January 1917: PTE James Tongue

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Pte 11850 J. Tongue of the 1st King's Liverpool Regiment was executed after a trial for desertion, the execution taking place between 6.30 and 7.45 am at Brailly on 8 January 1917. 'The case is a bad one' wrote the commander of the Fifth Army. 'I am unable to concur in the view that a man who has been passed fit for General Service can be excused …


The War Underground. The Tunnellers of the Great War by Alexander Barrie

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Spellmount Ltd, Staplehurst, £14.99, soft back, 272pp, 22ills, 5maps, bibliography, ISBN 1 86227 081 3.  Amongst other new paperbacks is Spellmount's edition of Alexander Barrie's somewhat elderly War Underground. Although first published in 1962 and republished as a hardback in 2000, as far as I know it remains the fullest account on the subject …


Placing the Battle of Messines Ridge in context by Peter Simkins

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  This is the Foreward to Ian Passingham's Pillars of Fire. The Battle of Messines Ridge June 1917 by Peter Simkins  For the British Dominion divisions serving on the Western Front under Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, 1917 was a year of transition and mixed fortunes. In the collective folk-memory of Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand the…


A Visitor’s Guide, the Battles of Arras: North: Vimy Ridge to Oppy Wood and Gavrelle

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Pen & Sword, 2019, £14.99, 192pp, b/w ills, maps, appendices, index. ISBN: 978–147–389–303–0 As all Western Front Association members know, engaging with the battlefields of the First World War is a fascinating experience. The landscape of the Western Front is the last witness to the conflict, and regardless of the degree of restoration, it is…