John Duxbury of 'The Miners Battalion'

John Duxbury of 'The Miners Battalion'

Many local organisations were motivated to assist the war effort. They did this by recruiting men who were associated wi…

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The Cavalry at Monchy-le-Preux

The Cavalry at Monchy-le-Preux

The Battle of Arras started on 9 April – Easter Monday – 1917. The most famous action in this battle is the storming of …

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The Search for Daniel Lightfoot

The Search for Daniel Lightfoot

The search began with the war memorial on the wall of a former pub, the Dog & Partridge, 5 Hot Lane, Burslem, which …

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The first French observation balloon of the Great War shot down

The first French observation balloon of the Great War shot down

October 9,1915; 7am on the Somme-Suippe-Perthe, Marne, Part of the champagne region. 20th company commanded by C…

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Holzminden ‘Colditz’ of the First World War?

Holzminden ‘Colditz’ of the First World War?

The Second World War is probably more associated with escape exploits of prisoners of war – but there were a number of d…

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Those 48 hours of torment

Those 48 hours of torment

James William Thornton was born in Bethnal Green London in 1895 and worked initially as an indoor messenger boy for the …

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A German cemetery in the Vosges battlefield

A German cemetery in the Vosges battlefield

In the early days of the war, burials in the Vosges battlefields often took place in the forests where the soldiers fell…

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The Accrington Pals’ ‘Dug-Out’ of Distinction – Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Wilmot Rickman

The Accrington Pals’ ‘Dug-Out’ of Distinction – Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Wilmot Rick…

On 16 October 1925, 51 year-old Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Wilmot Rickman had alighted from his car in the garage of his …

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Devils in Skirts: George Findlater VC

Devils in Skirts: George Findlater VC

The tradition of pipers leading soldiers into battle was not a Great War phenomenon – it had developed during the 19th C…

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The sinking of the RMS Falaba

The sinking of the RMS Falaba

The RMS Falaba was sunk by a German submarine on 28 March 1915. This incident, and that of the sinking of the RMS Lusita…

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A Family at War

A Family at War

One of the most persistent and annoying heresies about the past is that it was much simpler than the present.  We, the p…

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Tom Roberts’ letters home

Tom Roberts’ letters home

Tom Roberts was born in Llanelli in South Wales, attended Park Street School, the Higher Grade School and the Intermedia…

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