Cecil Patrick Healy: the only Australian Olympic Gold medalist to die in war

Cecil Patrick Healy: the only Australian Olympic Gold medalist to die in war

Cecil Patrick Healy - the only Australian Olympic Gold medalist to die in war – was a prominent figure in the swimming w…

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The first RFC pilot to land in France 13 August 1914

The first RFC pilot to land in France 13 August 1914

At 6.25am on 13 August 1914, No.2 Squadron Royal Flying Corp mobilised for France. They were to follow their commanding …

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‘The scum of the earth’

‘The scum of the earth’

In 1813 the Duke of Wellington, angered by incidents of looting amongst his army, wrote sourly: ‘We have in the service …

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Finding the horses for war

Finding the horses for war

Horses and mules were not a marginal resource for the Army during the First World War - they were to play a crucial role…

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The safe passage of BEF troopships

The safe passage of BEF troopships

Comparatively little outside of the Official History has been written about the defensive measures established to cover …

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The mobilisation of Britain’s military nurses

The mobilisation of Britain’s military nurses

The day after Britain entered the First World War, a ward sister at Charing Cross Hospital, Maud Hopton, signed a War Of…

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Southampton: The Gateway to War

Southampton: The Gateway to War

When Britain entered the First World War in August 1914, there was no question as to which port was going to be the focu…

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Major Mick Mannock and the ongoing mystery of his grave

Major Mick Mannock and the ongoing mystery of his grave

On 10 July 1918, Major Edward Mannock, who had recently been appointed to command 85 Squadron of the newly created RAF, …

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Q-21 - HMS Prize and William Sanders VC

Q-21 - HMS Prize and William Sanders VC

HMS Prize also Q-21 was previously known as HMS First Prize and originally the German ship Else. She had the distinction…

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Argentina in the Great War

Argentina in the Great War

Argentina was a neutral country during World War I. However, one-third of its population was made up of foreign citizens…

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The quest for Grandad’s photo: Pte James Cooper, 1st. Bn. Essex Regiment

The quest for Grandad’s photo: Pte James Cooper, 1st. Bn. Essex Regiment

'The grassy slopes that crown the cliffs are carpeted with flowers.  The azure sky is cloudless and the air is fragrant …

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Pantomime at sea: Q-ships in WW1

Pantomime at sea: Q-ships in WW1

The use of deception in warfare at sea was not new to the First World War – as an example, in 1681, HMS Kingfisher was d…

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