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

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

On the day I began writing this article, 11 November 2020, I reflected, as did we all, upon the buri…

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Morning Attack Neuve Chapelle. A reminiscence from Fred Dixon

Morning Attack Neuve Chapelle. A reminiscence from Fred Dixon

I have never seen it mentioned anywhere that 'C' Company 2nd Leicestershire Regiment made an attack …

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The Battle of Neuve Chapelle 1915

The Battle of Neuve Chapelle 1915

Despite the disappointments in the opening months of the First World War when the idea that "It will…

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From cruiseship to armed merchant cruiser and spy catcher….

From cruiseship to armed merchant cruiser and spy catcher….

The ship that was HMS Viknor was built in 1888 as a passenger liner, the ‘Atrato’, for use on routes…

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The Road to Sheik Sa’ad

The Road to Sheik Sa’ad

On the outbreak of war, the 1st Battalion of the Seaforth Highlanders were in India but were ordered…

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The First World War paid off?

The First World War paid off?

[This article was originally published in 'Stand To!' number 104 in September 2015. Members of The W…

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The Loss of HM Yacht Iolaire 1st January 1919

The Loss of HM Yacht Iolaire 1st January 1919

Hogmanay 1918 and many families in the Western Isles awaited with great anticipation the imminent re…

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A Christmas Party  then Tragedy : 30 December 1915

A Christmas Party then Tragedy : 30 December 1915

The band of the Royal Marines played, a film show ran and then tragedy as a  series of explosions ri…

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How to research Canadian Soldiers from the First World War

How to research Canadian Soldiers from the First World War

We are sometimes asked about how to undertake research for servicemen who were killed in the Great W…

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The First Phosgene Attack on British Troops : 19 December 19015

The First Phosgene Attack on British Troops : 19 December 19015

The first use of phosgene gas against British troops by the German army took place on 19 December 19…

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A Sobering Aspect of the Christmas Truce : 25 December 1915

A Sobering Aspect of the Christmas Truce : 25 December 1915

Many of the accounts of the Christmas ‘Truce’ in 1914 focus on the exchange of gifts and the suppose…

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The Raid on Scarborough, Whitby and Hartlepool : 16 December 1914

The Raid on Scarborough, Whitby and Hartlepool : 16 December 1914

Much has been written about the German naval raid on the East Coast on 16 December 1914. A lot of th…

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