A Family at War

A Family at War

One of the most persistent and annoying heresies about the past is that it was much simpler than the present.  We, the p…

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Tom Roberts’ letters home

Tom Roberts’ letters home

Tom Roberts was born in Llanelli in South Wales, attended Park Street School, the Higher Grade School and the Intermedia…

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Brothers buried together

Brothers buried together

The Western Front Association’s Pension Record Cards have been very useful in numerous ways – one of these is in being a…

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Census 1841 to 2021

Census 1841 to 2021

Anyone researching a person who served during the First World War will have some methods in common, and some of their ow…

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Sergeant Alexander Edwards VC

Sergeant Alexander Edwards VC

Alexander Edwards was born in Lossiemouth on 4 November 1885, the son of Alexander and Jessie Edwards. A cooper, he enli…

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Stereoscope: The Jordan/Ference Collection’s partnership with The Western Front Association

Stereoscope: The Jordan/Ference Collection’s partnership with The Western Front Assoc…

The Jordan/Ference Collection had its genesis in the mid-1990s.  Bob Boyd and Doug Jordan were independently collecting …

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What got you interested in the First World War?

What got you interested in the First World War?

Tom Thorpe's opening question on the ‘Mentioned in Dispatches’ podcast series - at least for the last 80+ editions, has …

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The 2nd Northants at Neuve Chapelle

The 2nd Northants at Neuve Chapelle

The initial impetus behind this article was research on Lieutenant George Duff Gordon, who hailed from Elgin – during th…

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The Kinmel Park Riot

The Kinmel Park Riot

The events at Kinmel Park in North Wales in March 1919 were the most serious instance of a number of riots or disturbanc…

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Grandad’s War

Grandad’s War

Both my grandfathers were born in 1880, both were coal miners and both had large families. My paternal grandfather (and …

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HM Submarine H5: The Submarine Cover-Up in Caernarfon Bay

HM Submarine H5: The Submarine Cover-Up in Caernarfon Bay

HMS H5, was a Royal Navy H-class submarine built by Canadian Vickers, Montreal and launched in June 1915. She was soon i…

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‘A Worthless Scamp’: The Great War of Vincent Riley

‘A Worthless Scamp’: The Great War of Vincent Riley

During the Great War Centenaries, Stoke-on-Trent’s local newspaper, the Sentinel, published many good and interesting fe…

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