The world’s largest pre-atomic explosion: Halifax Harbour 1917

The world’s largest pre-atomic explosion: Halifax Harbour 1917

Not all fatalities that occurred in the First World War were as a direct result of enemy action. The…

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Battle of the Falklands 1914

Battle of the Falklands 1914

“We landed to bury our dead.  The dignified memorial service in Port Stanley Cathedral, and the sig…

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New Year's Day 1915: The unknown 'Battle of Broken Hill'

New Year's Day 1915: The unknown 'Battle of Broken Hill'

Whilst the vast majority of First World War actions took place in France and Belgium, there were oth…

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Drunk as a Lord? The dismissal and redemption of Lord Edward Seymour

Drunk as a Lord? The dismissal and redemption of Lord Edward Seymour

Cambrai - Attack and stalemate The British attack at Cambrai on 20 November 1917 is well known for …

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The Battle of Cambrai - why did it succeed and what went wrong? November 1917

The Battle of Cambrai - why did it succeed and what went wrong? November 19…

The Battle of Cambrai in November 1917 turned out, for both Britain and Germany, to be a major signp…

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The Loss of the Britannic : 21 November 1916

The Loss of the Britannic : 21 November 1916

Some years ago there was much publicity around the 100th anniversary of the loss of the RMS Titanic,…

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Discipline in the BEF: An analysis of executions  in British Divisions 1914-1918

Discipline in the BEF: An analysis of executions in British Divisions 1914…

It is well recorded that despite a dubious disciplinary record, Australian troops were amongst the m…

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Major Arthur Hughes-Onslow: soldier, jockey and one of the first British deaths in the Great War

Major Arthur Hughes-Onslow: soldier, jockey and one of the first British de…

Arthur Hughes-Onslow was born in 1862. He joined the 10th Hussars at Lucknow, India and stayed in th…

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'The Lost Raiders Found': The Tyneside Scottish at Armentières

'The Lost Raiders Found': The Tyneside Scottish at Armentières

During the Great War trench raids were perceived as an operational necessity in order to dominate No…

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Finding Great Uncle George

Finding Great Uncle George

The following message from David Jenkins relates to the way the Pension Records can help find 'missi…

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'One Hell of a Row': A War widow's pension

'One Hell of a Row': A War widow's pension

Grandfather was killed 7 weeks before the end of the First World War.  His immediate family, that is…

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'In the event of my death': An analysis of what can be gleaned from soldiers wills

'In the event of my death': An analysis of what can be gleaned from soldier…

During 2013, David Tattersfield, a trustee of The Western Front Association, provided First World Wa…

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