The Gotha Air Raid on London – 13 June 1917

The Gotha Air Raid on London – 13 June 1917

German air raids on Britain during the First World War began in early 1915 when Zeppelins were used to bomb coastal targ…

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The Entertainer - Frederick Lauraine

The Entertainer - Frederick Lauraine

During Project BIG PUSH, an interesting looking pension card was brought to the team leader’s attention by one of the ch…

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A Mother’s pilgrimage

A Mother’s pilgrimage

Private Joseph French was born in Dallas, Morayshire in December 1895, the son of William and Elizabeth French. The fami…

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Chilwell – the VC factory

Chilwell – the VC factory

In 1914 the British armaments industry was primarily geared to supplying the needs of the Royal Navy, export markets, an…

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The Censuring of Lieutenant Colonel John MacCarthy-O’Leary

The Censuring of Lieutenant Colonel John MacCarthy-O’Leary

In February 1918, 55th (West Lancashire) Division took over trenches in the Givenchy sector. The division’s units had su…

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Alias Smith and Brown

Alias Smith and Brown

In 2014 a group by the name of Dewsbury Sacrifices was formed with the primary intention of researching the 1053 names i…

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Courage and devotion to duty: 62357 Sgt. Ernest Bashford, 199 Siege Battery

Courage and devotion to duty: 62357 Sgt. Ernest Bashford, 199 Siege Battery

Family history research revealed at least five relatives who served in the Royal Garrison Artillery in the Great War, an…

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From the Suvla Plain to Victory: William Ralph Peel

From the Suvla Plain to Victory: William Ralph Peel

On the 16 November 1918, Lt Col William Ralph Peel and the men in his 10/Manchester Regiment were lined up smartly in th…

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Ivor Gurney: Composer, Poet, Soldier

Ivor Gurney: Composer, Poet, Soldier

Ivor Gurney was born at 3 Queen Street, Gloucester, in 1890, as the second of four surviving children of David Gurney, a…

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Capt James Donaldson Boswall: Boer War to Great War

Capt James Donaldson Boswall: Boer War to Great War

James Donaldson Boswall was born in Madras, India in November 1870, the only son of Major-General Roper Boswall and his …

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‘Two years in the making. Ten minutes in the destroying’ – A Sheffield soldier at the heart of ‘Covenant with Death’.

‘Two years in the making. Ten minutes in the destroying’ – A Sheffield soldier at the…

John Harris’s 1961 book, ‘Covenant with Death’, is a well-known ‘fictionary’ account of the Sheffield City Battalion, ta…

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Howitzers, wounds and a pension

Howitzers, wounds and a pension

“The war of 1914-18 was an artillery war: artillery was the battle winner, artillery was what caused the greatest loss o…

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