The First Non-Stop Transatlantic Flight

The First Non-Stop Transatlantic Flight

In 1913, the Daily Mail newspaper offered a prize of £10,000 to ‘the aviator who shall first cross the Atlantic in an ae…

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Vivian Hicking - a Grimsby Chum in India

Vivian Hicking - a Grimsby Chum in India

After the armistice, many men would have been returning to their homes after receiving their discharge from the army; ho…

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The Gotha air raid in London – 13 June 1917

The Gotha air raid in London – 13 June 1917

German air raids on Britain during the First World War began in early 1915, when Zeppelins were used to bomb coastal tar…

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The Entertainer - Frederick Lauraine

The Entertainer - Frederick Lauraine

During Project BIG PUSH, an interesting looking pension card was brought to the team leader’s attention by one of the ch…

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A Mother’s pilgrimage

A Mother’s pilgrimage

Private Joseph French was born in Dallas, Morayshire in December 1895, the son of William and Elizabeth French. The fami…

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Chilwell – the VC factory

Chilwell – the VC factory

In 1914 the British armaments industry was primarily geared to supplying the needs of the Royal Navy, export markets, an…

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The Censuring of Lieutenant Colonel John MacCarthy-O’Leary

The Censuring of Lieutenant Colonel John MacCarthy-O’Leary

In February 1918, 55th (West Lancashire) Division took over trenches in the Givenchy sector. The division’s units had su…

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Alias Smith and Brown

Alias Smith and Brown

In 2014 a group by the name of Dewsbury Sacrifices was formed with the primary intention of researching the 1053 names i…

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Courage and devotion to duty: 62357 Sgt. Ernest Bashford, 199 Siege Battery

Courage and devotion to duty: 62357 Sgt. Ernest Bashford, 199 Siege Battery

Family history research revealed at least five relatives who served in the Royal Garrison Artillery in the Great War, an…

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From the Suvla Plain to Victory: William Ralph Peel

From the Suvla Plain to Victory: William Ralph Peel

On the 16 November 1918, Lt Col William Ralph Peel and the men in his 10/Manchester Regiment were lined up smartly in th…

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Ivor Gurney: Composer, Poet, Soldier

Ivor Gurney: Composer, Poet, Soldier

Ivor Gurney was born at 3 Queen Street, Gloucester, in 1890, as the second of four surviving children of David Gurney, a…

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Capt James Donaldson Boswall: Boer War to Great War

Capt James Donaldson Boswall: Boer War to Great War

James Donaldson Boswall was born in Madras, India in November 1870, the only son of Major-General Roper Boswall and his …

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