Chelsea and the disabled soldier

Chelsea and the disabled soldier

At the outbreak of war in 1914 each of the two great military departments, the War Office and the Admiralty, dealt with …

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Life and death on the North Sea

Life and death on the North Sea

Perhaps the subtitle of this piece should be “Just One Week”.  For that was the length of time one of my paternal uncles…

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John Christie Wright - Artist and Sculptor

John Christie Wright - Artist and Sculptor

Behind every name on a war memorial there is a story, but that of John Christie Wright, commemorated on the Rothiemay wa…

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The Labyrinth and the 6th Seaforth Highlanders

The Labyrinth and the 6th Seaforth Highlanders

The Labyrinth was a maze of trenches at the southern end of the Vimy Ridge, north east of the villages of Anzin and Maro…

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John Duxbury of 'The Miners Battalion'

John Duxbury of 'The Miners Battalion'

Many local organisations were motivated to assist the war effort. They did this by recruiting men who were associated wi…

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The Cavalry at Monchy-le-Preux

The Cavalry at Monchy-le-Preux

The Battle of Arras started on 9 April – Easter Monday – 1917. The most famous action in this battle is the storming of …

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The Search for Daniel Lightfoot

The Search for Daniel Lightfoot

The search began with the war memorial on the wall of a former pub, the Dog & Partridge, 5 Hot Lane, Burslem, which …

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The first French observation balloon of the Great War shot down

The first French observation balloon of the Great War shot down

October 9,1915; 7am on the Somme-Suippe-Perthe, Marne, Part of the champagne region. 20th company commanded by C…

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Holzminden ‘Colditz’ of the First World War?

Holzminden ‘Colditz’ of the First World War?

The Second World War is probably more associated with escape exploits of prisoners of war – but there were a number of d…

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Those 48 hours of torment

Those 48 hours of torment

James William Thornton was born in Bethnal Green London in 1895 and worked initially as an indoor messenger boy for the …

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A German cemetery in the Vosges battlefield

A German cemetery in the Vosges battlefield

In the early days of the war, burials in the Vosges battlefields often took place in the forests where the soldiers fell…

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The Accrington Pals’ ‘Dug-Out’ of Distinction – Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Wilmot Rickman

The Accrington Pals’ ‘Dug-Out’ of Distinction – Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Wilmot Rick…

On 16 October 1925, 51 year-old Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Wilmot Rickman had alighted from his car in the garage of his …

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