Royal Automobile Club Volunteer Force 1914

Royal Automobile Club Volunteer Force 1914

In August 1914 the British Expeditionary Force embarked for France and was considered the most profe…

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The 1/7th Royal Scots and the Quintinshill Rail Disaster : 25 May 1915

The 1/7th Royal Scots and the Quintinshill Rail Disaster : 25 May 1915

At the time of the First World War, Britain had a large number of railway companies each owning vary…

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General Maude and the Recapture of Kut

General Maude and the Recapture of Kut

With temperatures ranging from freezing to 130ºF (50ºC) the campaign in Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq…

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The first footballer killed in 1914: Larrett Roebuck of Huddersfield Town

The first footballer killed in 1914: Larrett Roebuck of Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield Town full-back Larrett Roebuck was the first professional footballer from the English L…

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The Baron and the Barmaid

The Baron and the Barmaid

Sir John French, the commander-in-chief of the BEF until December 1915 was one of the many Anglo-Iri…

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Absolution at Aubers : May 1915

Absolution at Aubers : May 1915

Although the Battle of Neuve Chapelle in March 1915 had given grounds for optimism, in the weeks fol…

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'Aces Low': The Wimbledon Champion at Aubers

'Aces Low': The Wimbledon Champion at Aubers

In the years leading up to the First World War, one of the most famous sportsmen of the Edwardian er…

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Medal Index Cards

Medal Index Cards

During the late part of the First World War the Army Medal Office began a system of making out an in…

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The Execution of the 'Iron Twelve'

The Execution of the 'Iron Twelve'

The early weeks of the First World War saw the Germans advancing across most of Belgium and large pa…

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Aubers Ridge 9 May 1915: The Unpleasant Truth

Aubers Ridge 9 May 1915: The Unpleasant Truth

For it appears ridiculous to call it so, the 'battle' of Aubers Ridge fits perfectly the stereotypic…

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British Corps Commanders in the Great War

British Corps Commanders in the Great War

As identified by Andrew Simpson in his PhD thesis,[1] there is remarkably little written about Briti…

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The Chatsworth Rifles raid at Richebourg

The Chatsworth Rifles raid at Richebourg

An ideal way to obtain an understanding of the First World War is through reading the memoirs of tho…

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