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 between Britain and…

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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 to move to France, …

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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 Western Front Associat…

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The Loss of HM Yacht Iolaire

The Loss of HM Yacht Iolaire

Hogmanay 1918….and many families in the Western Isles awaited with great anticipation the imminent return of husbands, f…

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A Christmas party – then tragedy

A Christmas party – then tragedy

The band of the Royal Marines played….a film show ran…….and then tragedy…..as a series of explosions ripped through HMS …

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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 War. Whilst there are…

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The first Phosgene attack on British troops

The first Phosgene attack on British troops

The first use of phosgene gas against British troops by the German army took place on 19 December 1915. The gas attack t…

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A sobering aspect of the Christmas Truce

A sobering aspect of the Christmas Truce

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

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The Raid on Scarborough, Whitby and Hartlepool

The Raid on Scarborough, Whitby and Hartlepool

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

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From schoolboy to battalion commander: Cecil Crichton-Browne

From schoolboy to battalion commander: Cecil Crichton-Browne

Captain (Acting Major) Cecil Harold Crichton-Browne was aged just 22 when he died on 13 December 1918. At the outbreak o…

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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 Division

Each One a Pocket Hercules1: The Bantam Experiment and the case of the 35th Division Few episodes in the massive expans…

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The Men in felt hats

The Men in felt hats

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

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