War Art with David Cohen

War Art with David Cohen

The late David Cohen made a huge contribution to The Western Front Association during his lifetime…

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Alcohol in the trenches: the rum ration

Alcohol in the trenches: the rum ration

The daily rum ration to British troops has its roots in the British Navy, dating back to the mid 17t…

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Victor McLaglen : prize fighter, Middlesex Regiment, Oscar winning actor of the silent era and talkies

Victor McLaglen : prize fighter, Middlesex Regiment, Oscar winning actor of…

The life story of Victor McLaglen reads like a film script. Victor was born on 11 December 1883 i…

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Turkey for Christmas Dinner, 1915

Turkey for Christmas Dinner, 1915

Christmas Day in the front line trenches was (with the possible – partial – exception of 1914) likel…

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The Short, Sad Military Career of Thomas Adams by John Bourne

The Short, Sad Military Career of Thomas Adams by John Bourne

My collaborator in compiling a Roll of Honour for Burslem, Mick Rowson, was recently attempting to m…

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Robert ‘Bobbie’ Loraine M.C.  :  Actor-Airman

Robert ‘Bobbie’ Loraine M.C. : Actor-Airman

The once-renowned Robert ‘Bobbie’ Lorraine is now an obscure figure. Born on 14 January 1876 in N…

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Mervyn Johns, First World War RFC Pilot and film actor

Mervyn Johns, First World War RFC Pilot and film actor

Mervyn Johns was born on 18 February 1899 at Pembroke. He was a medical student at a London Hosp…

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John Laurie : Shakespearean actor and Private Fraser in the BBC's Dads Army

John Laurie : Shakespearean actor and Private Fraser in the BBC's Dads Army…

John Laurie was born 25 March 1897 in Dumfries and was destined to be an architect before the Great …

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Ronald Colman : London Scottish, British Stage Actor, Broadway, Film Actor, Radio and TV Star

Ronald Colman : London Scottish, British Stage Actor, Broadway, Film Actor,…

[This short profile of the actor Ronald Coleman first appeared in a piece by Mark Bristow titled 'Se…

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Lieutenant Philip St John Basil Rathbone aka Sherlock Holmes

Lieutenant Philip St John Basil Rathbone aka Sherlock Holmes

[This short profile of the stage, film and later TV actor Basil Rathbone first appeared in a piece b…

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Arnold Ridley aka Private Godfrey of Dads Army

Arnold Ridley aka Private Godfrey of Dads Army

[This short profile of the actor and playwright Arnold Ridley first appeared in a piece by Mark Bris…

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The strangest dog fight of the war?

The strangest dog fight of the war?

The German Albatros aeroplane shown here is preserved at the AWM in Australia. It was shot down duri…

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