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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From Schoolboy to Battalion Commander: Cecil Crichton-Browne : 13 December 1918

From Schoolboy to Battalion Commander: Cecil Crichton-Browne : 13 December …

Captain (Acting Major) Cecil Harold Crichton-Browne was aged just 22 when he died on 13 December 191…

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The King Crater Incident and the Courts Martial : November / December 1916

The King Crater Incident and the Courts Martial : November / December 1916

The Bantam Division is the stuff of legend. Its correct military designation was 35th Division but i…

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Each One a Pocket Hercules: The Bantam Experiment and the case of the 35th Division

Each One a Pocket Hercules: The Bantam Experiment and the case of the 35th …

Each One a Pocket Hercules (1) : The Bantam Experiment and the case of the 35th Division Few episod…

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The Men in felt hats : Secretary of State for War R.B.Haldane and the creation of the Territorial Force Reserve

The Men in felt hats : Secretary of State for War R.B.Haldane and the creat…

In March 1910, two years after the formation of the Territorial Force (TF), R.B.Haldane, the Secreta…

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The Indian Cavalry at Cambrai : 30 November 1917

The Indian Cavalry at Cambrai : 30 November 1917

Cavalry in the First World War was rarely used, at least in its traditional mounted role. A famous e…

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The Abandoned St Quentin  Memorial to the Missing

The Abandoned St Quentin Memorial to the Missing

In 1926 the French government raised serious concern at the number of free-standing memorials being …

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Don’t forget the ‘War Donkey’

Don’t forget the ‘War Donkey’

There are many books, dramas and films that have brought different aspects of the Great War to the f…

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