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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 …


10 August 1918 First Lieutenant George L Howard, 53rd Infantry Brigade

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First Lieutenant George L Howard was a resident of Brooklyn, New York and a graduate of Yale University, Class of 1905. (1) A longtime member of the 71st New York Infantry, George came up through the ranks and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant prior to his service along the border with Mexico. George returned from border service in September 191…


25 August 1918 : Private Charles William Hoadley

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Charles was born on 6 February 1893 in Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania and resided in Bradford, PA.Shortly after the United States declared war on the Germany, Charles crossed the border into nearby New York and enlisted with the 3rd New York Infantry on 29 May 1917. (1) At the time of registration he was living at 14 Allison St, Bradford.  After tr…


10 September 1917 : Sgt Jules Tiberghien

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One of the three Tiberghien brothers to die in the Great War, Jules was born on 22 January 1892 and began his military service at Lille with the 43rd RI in 1912. After serving as an infantryman and being wounded in action (gaining the Medaille Militaire and Croix de Guerre in the process), he became attached to the Air Corps. Killed in aerial com…


22 November 1917 : Pte Alexander McNab

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Parents Alexander (a blacksmith from Argylshire) and Janet (née Wardrop and from Stirlingshire) McNab. At the 1891 Census the family lived at 20 Buck St, Burnley. This included older brother William (age 2) and Alexander (six months). At the 1901 Census there were five more children (including twins) and 12 year old William was working as a cotto…


23 November 1917 : Pte Joseph Hoole

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From Preston, Lancashire, Joseph was born in 1892. A pre-war territorial, he had been a weaver in his civilian life and re-enlisted in 1916. In May 1917, Joseph was sent out to France and fought in the 3rd Battle of Ypres and at Cambrai where he was seriously wounded in both legs, right arm and chest. He died of these injuries in a Casualty Clear…


009: Winter 1983

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Passchendaele and the Flanders U-Boats

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There can be no doubt that the Flanders U-boats, the thirty seven small UB and UC vessels based at Bruges and going to and from sea via Ostende and Zeebrugge were important factors in the strategic judgement that led to the Third Battle of Ypres. The fears of the Admiralty that the contribution these boats were making to the overall unrestricted su…


I Embarked for France: The War Diaries and letters of an English family in the Great War: Evelyn Ansell, 19th King’s Liverpool Regiment

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Reviewed by Linda Parker. Although this narrative of a family’s journey and the mixed fortunes of war is focused on Evelyn Ansell, its first chapter, describing the end of a family holiday in August 1914, introduces his family as the lens through which the Great War is seen. As Meryl Moore comments 'I read these family letters and lived the war ye…


Battle Lines: Ypres - Nieupoort to Ploegsteert

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Authors: Jon Cooksey and Jerry Murland ISBN 978 1 84884 783 4 Publisher: Pen and Sword 31 March 2013 240 pages including maps and illustrations When I signed up to provide a book review for the Western Front Association I was curious as to what book I would receive, given the information I had provided on my area of interest. However, when I rec…


A Memoir of the Final Advance 1918

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A Memoir of the Final Advance 1918 by Sergeant W G Sweet, 2nd Monmouthshire edited by Barry Johnson (This article first appeared in Stand To! pp13-16 No.30 Winter 1990) Sergeant W G Sweet   The Monmouthshire Regiment of the Territorial Force, sent all three of its first line battalions to the 28th Division in France in 1914-15. The 1st Bn, ra…


Stand To! No.1 to No.123 Full Contents Listing

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Stand To! 1-121 Content 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 of the…


What did you do in the Great War Grandfather? The Life and Times of an Edwardian Horse Artillery Officer.

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What did you do in the Great War Grandfather? The Life and Times of AN Edwardian Horse Artillery Officer. Helion, £16.95. 187pp, 187 ills, 4 maps, bibliog., index ISBN 978 1 91217403 4 Charles Barrington Author, Charles Barrington, enjoys the good fortune of being published by Helion, and, consequently, the assurance of quality productio…


Walking Ypres

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Walking Ypres Pen & Sword Barnsley 2017 £15.99, 296 pp, pb ills & maps throughout. ISBN: 0-17815-900-3 Paul Reed As the title suggests ‘Walking Ypre’ is standard ‘Battleground Europe’ fare intended for the footslogger rather than the exponent of mobile battlefield visiting. The book offers 14 chapters, each a walk from a designated …


L Cpl John James Clegg, 1/4th Bn Loyal North Lancs Regt

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Son of John (a cotton weaver) and Sarah.  At the 1901, age 13, along with is older sister and father, John was working as a cotton weaver. Ten years later John is living with his mother at 100 Robinson Street, Burnley.  The area has been run down for some decades.  John Clegg was an employee of Messrs. Grey Ltd at Livingstone Mill, Burnley be…


Corporal Henry I Ingersoll, Company K: 15 September 1918

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Henry Ingersoll graduated from Erasmus Hall High School and attended Cornell University where he studied civil engineering. After graduating from Cornell in 1916 he employed with the family business. Henry enlisted with the 7th New York Infantry in August 1917. (1) After training at Camp Wadsworth, South Carolina with his regiment (now designated …


The Annual General Meeting Address delivered by Mr John Terraine at the AGM on 31 January 1987

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[This article first appeared in Stand To ! 20 Summer 1987] pp 7 - 8   First let me say a word of reassurance: it's only a few weeks ago that a number of you will have received a longish burst from me at the National Army Museum on Founder's Day. Don't worry - this time I shan't keep you long. I only want to say two things, really, about ourse…


20 December 1914: 820 Marsouin Simon Chantelot

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Simon Chantelot had just begun his compulsory military service with the 6th Colonial Infantry at Lyon at the time of the outbreak of war. Seeing action in the Vosges/Alsace and the Argonne, he was wounded in action near Ypres in mid-December and died in the auxiliary hospital at Mantes-la-Jolie/Yvelines on 20 December 1914. Simon Chantelot is buri…


21 December 1914 : A/Cpl Simon Bennett

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After a number of years as a coal miner, Simon Bennett had enlisted into the army in 1904. After spending most of his service in India, Simon returned home and, while still held on the reserve, he became employed as a miner at the Towneley colliery in Burnley. He had just entered the final year of his reserve commitment (and was temporarily workin…


Defending the Ypres Front 1914 – 1918: Trenches, Shelters and Bunkers of the German Army

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By Jan Vancoillie & Kristof Blieck Pen & Sword, £25.00 (E–book: £14.40), 294 pp, ills, 34 maps, bibliog., index. ISBN: 978–152–670–746–8 In outline this comprehensive book describes the German structures employed to defend the territory captured around Ypres and makes excellent use of official drawings and maps as well as photographs fro…


109 : June/July 2017 Special Edition

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8 April 1918 : Pte Arthur Algernon Pickles MM

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Parents John (an antique dealer and Sexton) and Hannah. Arthur had a much older brother Hartley, as well a younger brother George and a younger sister Mary Lucy.  Before the war Arthur was a cotton weaver.  His father's first wife had died in 1886. Arthur had to much older half-brothers, Hartley who died in 1983 age 102, and Spensely for whom w…


13 May 1918: Trumpeter Johnnie Whitaker

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Parents Jonathan (a labourer from Holbeck) and Emily (a housekeeper from Ruthin, North Wales). The eldest of six in 1911 (three each of boys girls), eight of then living in a 3 roomed dwelling - No.64 Main Street, Addingham (dwelling since cleared).  John was employed as a silk spinner by Lister & Co at Burnside Mill, Addingham, Yorkshire by…


24 May 1915: Harold Strachan Price

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Son of Edward Price, the major forestry and paper company  in Canada) and Henrietta.  1891 age 9 Harold lived with his parents, family and domestic staff at 1 Craven Hill, Hyde Park. As well as his 5 siblings and parents there was a nurse, a cook, housemaid, a nursery maid and a kitchen maid. Harold, like the sons of leading Canadian merchant…


30 May 1918 : Dvr. Francis Brunt

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Francis Brunt was a hairdresser in business on Trafalgar Street, Burnely. He lived with his young family at 58 Nairne Street, Burnley, Lancashire with his wife Amy who he had married in September 1914.  Francis enlisted in Blackburn on 28 April 1915. By this time he had two young children. After being held on home service duties, Francis emba…


2 June 1917 : L/Cpl James McCoubrey

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Protestant parents James and Margaret McCoubrey At the 1901 Census James was at home with his parents and younger brother William. Ten years later he was still at home, 35 Main Street, Ballymoney and working as a painter.  Age 20 he was at home with 12 year old brother William his parents and two boarders.  James married Fanny and had four ch…


Lewes and the Great War February Casualites

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February’s Lewes casualties provide a glimpse of the contrasting life experiences and backgrounds of residents of different Lewes streets, amongst whom three men’s very different stories stand out. Private Daniel Todman of the 9th Royal Sussex Regiment, who died of wounds at a field dressing station near Ypres on 18th February 1916, lived with his…


The Great War March Casualities

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During the early years of the war, March on the Western Front was a time of preparation for the spring offensives both sides knew would come as soon as the ground had dried out sufficiently to make a successful advance a real possibility. As a result there was only one Lewes casualty in March 1915 and two in 1916. March 1917 brought seven fatalitie…


7 July 1916 : Pte. William Edward Foster

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At the 1891 Census William, only 1, appears to have been living at his grandmother's house with his mother and older sister Elizabeth. By the 1901 Census, his sister had married and the 10 year old William was living wither her and his brother in law at 23 Ribblesdale Street, Burnley.  At the 1911 Census, William was living with his sister and b…


24 July 1917 : Pte Albert Hart

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Son of Charles (an agricultural labourer) and Anne (a straw platter). At the 1911 Census Albert, age 28, a married brick-layer's assistant, was living at Byslips Cottages, Byslips Road, Studham with his wife Jane (13 years his senior) her sons Raymond and George, and their own 4 year old son Harold. Later that year their daughter Vida was born.  …


Jonathan Vernon BA, MA (Oxon) MA ODE (OU) , MA (WLV).

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  Jonathan has degrees in Geography (Oxford), Open and Distance Education (Open University) and British History and the First World War (Birmingham & Wolverhampton) and is a graduate of the School of Communication Arts (London).  He had a career in TV and Video production in the UK and France first and then moved to online education in 2000…


8 August 1918 : Pvt Edward B Sargent, Company L, 3rd Battalion 105th Infantry Regiment

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Shortly after returning from Mexican border service the 71st New York Infantry was recalled to active service when the United States declared war on Germany. After training at Camp Wadsworth, South Carolina with his regiment (now designated 105th Infantry Regiment), Edward shipped out for France aboard the U.S.S. President Grant on 17 May 1918. U…


News from Ypres 25

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[This regular item by Dr Dominiek Dendooven, researcher and curator at the In Flanders Fields Museum, detailing recent and forthcoming events around Ypres was first published in the August edition of Bulletin, the in-house member magazine of The Western Front Association. It is sent to members three times a year].    It is the 25th time I have ha…


30 January : ‘Reconstructing Flanders' fields after the Great War’ with Dries Claeys

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Although the war damage in Belgium was nowhere near the scale of the French 'regions dévastées', the Belgian countryside as well had to be restored. This was particularly the case in Ypres and its surrounding areas. Passchendaele, Messines, Langemarck were only few of the villages that were completely wiped off the map. Refugees and policymakers …


Hooge Tunnel, Essex Farm (and other) drawings

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[Another very interesting article from the recently digitised editions of Gun Fire is one entitled 'Hooge Tunnel, Essex Farm (and other) drawings'. It is reproduced below with the accompanying illustrations. It was originally published in edition 53 which would probably have been produced in the early 2000s. The text has had to be edited to make se…


'Missing-Died-Survived. The Senior Brothers and The Great War' by Guy Senior

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‘Missing-Died-Survived’ is a rich, complex, family story told by the the grandson of the brother that survived. In his new book, Guy Senior, weaves together a collection of letters home from the Western Front, qualified with original records and privately held photographs from family, and family friends.  Joseph Senior served alongside Norman Ma…


27 February 1915 : Pte John Barley

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Parents Thomas, an agricultural labourer and mother Sarah Ann (née Sharp). One of seven children. A farmer labourer himself by the age of 14, living at 57 Farm Houses, Welbourn, Lincolnshire.  Photography by Richard Croft CC BY-SA 2.0 John enlisted, age 17, 24 November 1893 in the Lincolnshire Regiment.  He served nine years in the Regulars and…


27 February 1918 : Pte Henry Parrington

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His parents, father William ( a coal merchant) and mother Grace (née Hayed) lived at 26 Rowland Street, Skipton. At the 1901 Census, age 7, Henry was living with his parents, his 66 year maternal grandfather John Hayes and his three siblings Johnny (1), Thomas (4) and Mary (12).  At the 1911 Census, Henry was living at the same address, age 17 …


Menin Gate and Last Post by Dominiek Dendooven

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De Klaproos Editons, Hostenstraat 4, 8670 Koksijde, Belgium, 2001. 160pp, soft covers, 13.95 Euros.  This year, 2002, the Menin Gate has celebrated its 75th anniversary - it was inaugurated on 24th 1927. This book is therefore a timely reminder of how the Gate came into being, and also tells the story of the Last Post buglers since they first soun…


Ep. 12 – The Diary of a Belgian Priest – 1917 with the British in Ypres – Dominiek Dendooven

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Dominiek Dendooven, from the In Flanders Fields museum, discusses the recently published 1917 diary of Belgian priest Achiel Van Walleghem, who was based near Ypres behind the British lines (Edward Everett Root Publishers Co. Ltd).


26 April 1915 : Captain Percy D’Aguilar Banks

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Only son of Col Samuel Henry O’Brien of Eaton Place, Brighton, mother Katherine Rosa D'Aguilar (née Burton) daughter of the late Senior Chaplain to the Armed Forces and grandson of Dr Henry Banks of Wicklow, Ireland.  Educated at St. Peter’s, Weston and Cheltenham College and Sandhurst.  At Cheltenham he won the schools rackets and fives priz…


7 May 1918 : 2nd Lieut. John Leslie Godfrey

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4th son of Joseth (a chartered secretary) and Louisa (née William) Godfrey from Finsbury Park. 1901 John was 6, and living at home with his parents, his 4 sisters and 3 brothers and a nursemaid.  1911 now age 16, John was living at home still with his parents, 4 sisters and 4 brothers, a visitor and 2 servants in their 14 roomed house, 31 Woodb…


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…


The Five Baldock-Apps brothers from Hurst Green

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Some people will know of the sacrifice of the Souls family from Great Rissington in the Cotswolds. The family's tragedy was recounted by Ian Hislop in the TV series 'Not Forgotten' on First World War memorials in 2005 and told again in a book that supported the series of the same name by Neil Oliver. Annie and William Souls had six sons, five of …


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 browser…


Died one day, buried two day later by his father

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On 8 November 1915 a young officer - 2/Lt Kenneth Wilcox - was killed whilst serving in the 8th Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment).  Two days later he was buried by his father who was a chaplain to the forces. From the Westminster School website we learn that Kenneth Wilcox was the only son of Rev. G.A. Wilcox, who was the vicar of St George’s …


19 November 1915 : Mike Mountain Horse

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Son of Mountain Horse and Sikski. His mother Sikski belonged to the Holy Women’s Society (Motokix) and his father to the powerful Horn Society.  He went to school as a boarder at St Paul’s and then to a military academy.  By 1914 he was serving as a cadet instructor with the 23rd Alberta Rangers. On 23 September 1914 he enlisted at Valcartie…


In Flanders Fields by Leon Wolff

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In the history of the Great War, are there two names more freighted with the encumbrance of ‘mud, blood and futility’ than Ypres and Passchendaele? Yet, when reading Leon Wolff’s In Flanders Fields, notably the latter chapters which focus on what became known as the Battle of Passchendaele, it is difficult not to give way to such sentiments. Wolff…


A soldier of the Cheshire Regiment - thrice missing: Private Peter Mahon

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On the day I began writing this article - 11 November 2020 – I reflected, as did we all, upon the burial of the 'Unknown Soldier' on this day a century ago at Westminster Abbey. He was, of course, one of the many 'Missing – Known unto God'.  What follows is an attempt at revealing something of the story of a soldier – again, one of the 'Missing - …


Haig’s Tower of Strength. General Sir Edward Bulfin – Forgotten General by John Powell

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£25, Pen & Sword, 294pp,  37 photographs, 10 maps.  ISBN 1526722607. What a pleasure it is to say that this is a well written biography of a First World War general who had a good war! Edward Bulfin was not well known, save to specialists, until a seminal article by Michael LoCicero in Stemming the Tide (edited by Spencer Jones, Helion: 2013…


Riding through the ruins of war on the Circuit des Champs de Bataille

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In April 1919, barely six months after hostilities had ceased, the toughest bicycle race in history was staged across the former battlefields of the Western Front. It was an event that proved so hard it would never be staged again. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Western Front Association we have been dipping into the archives; what foll…


Ypres: Holy ground of the British Empire" by Prof Mark Connelly

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Prof Connelly teaches at the University of Kent. He has a particular interest in the commemoration of the two world wars with a specialism in the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


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…