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Those 48 hours of torment

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James William Thornton was born in Bethnal Green London in 1895 and worked initially as an indoor messenger boy for the General Post Office.  His Attestation papers for the Territorial Force survived and show that on 11 February 1914 he was deemed fit to join up. Above: James in army uniform 1914 The Post Office Rifles were initially formed in …


The Manchester United v Liverpool match fixing scandal of 1915

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Association football had, despite the outbreak of the First World War, not been suspended by the time the season ‘kicked off’ in the summer of 1914. This brought much criticism on clubs and indeed players. The season 1914-15 was destined to be the last until the 1919-20 season. Above: A photo of the 1909 FA Cup Final Bristol City (in blue) v Man…


From ceremonial duties to First Ypres and beyond: The 1st Life Guards and their single worst day of the war

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This is a brief account of one cavalry regiment's war which reached its nadir in very unlikely circumstances whilst they were in a supposedly very safe location on the French coast re-training for a new role. The story starts and ends at Etaples Military Cemetery. The cemetery is – as those who have visited it – a vast and (for its size) relativel…


A Liverpool Lad at Ypres

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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…