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 L…

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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 co…

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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…

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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 me…

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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 whe…

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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 W…

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

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Devils in Skirts: The Story of George Findlater VC

Devils in Skirts: The Story of George Findlater VC

The tradition of pipers leading soldiers into battle was not a Great War phenomenon. It had develope…

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The Sinking of the RMS Falaba, 28 March 1915.

The Sinking of the RMS Falaba, 28 March 1915.

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

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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…

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Tom Roberts’ Letters Home 1915

Tom Roberts’ Letters Home 1915

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

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Brothers Buried Together during the First World War

Brothers Buried Together during the First World War

The Western Front Association’s Pension Record Cards have been very useful in numerous ways – one of…

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Census 1841 to 2021

Census 1841 to 2021

Anyone researching a person who served during the First World War will have some methods in common, …

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