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The Unknown Warrior – one of our own?

Posted on November 12th, 2015

When the first national service of Remembrance was instituted, on 11th November 1919, the centre piece of the nation’s remembrance observation was Sir Edward Lutyen’s Cenotaph.  Made of plaster and wood, this temporary … Read More

World in Rugby Union

Posted on November 4th, 2015

 

It is only a few days now since the final match of this year’s Rugby World Cup after which the winners, New Zealand’s All Blacks, were presented with the Webb Ellis Cup.  No … Read More

Turning back time!

Posted on October 27th, 2015

Fear not.  This is not yet another article about the fact that, since my last blog, the ‘Back to the Future’ date (21st October 2015) arrived.  Although I must have seen the first film upon its release, I … Read More

A Scarlet Woman!

Posted on October 22nd, 2015

I would hope most of my readers would have been aware last week, on 12th October 2015, that it was the 100th anniversary of the execution of the British Nurse, Edith Cavell ; in the grounds of … Read More

‘Lost’ at Loos!

Posted on October 15th, 2015

Even if you have read my last two blogs, you might struggle to see a connection between them – apart from the fact that they were written by me?  But, as those of you who … Read More

Peter Pan – The lost boy who never grew up!

Posted on October 8th, 2015

By the end of this coming weekend most cinemas across the land will be showing Hugh Jackman’s latest film, ‘Pan’. It isn’t too surprising to many that Peter Pan has lasted for more than 100 … Read More

The first ‘Big Push’ – The Battle of Loos, September 1915

Posted on September 28th, 2015

When talking about the Great War – if they ever do – most people usually remember what they were taught about the Battle of the Somme. Which is hardly surprising, given that its opening day … Read More

Battle of Fromelles: The Australian Army’s worst day – ever!

Posted on July 24th, 2015

I have to be honest and admit that, over the last couple of months, I have not been anything like as regular in posting blogs as I had hoped to be ; since my return … Read More

Gallipoli: ANZAC, General Sir Ian Hamilton & The Truce

Posted on May 22nd, 2015

My regular readers will be only too aware that I have certain hobby-horses which it’s maybe best to avoid setting me off on! One is the circumstances of the 1914 Christmas Truce during which, most … Read More

Australia in WWI: Private John Simpson Kirkpatrick

Posted on May 19th, 2015

Just over forty five years ago (eek!), as a pupil at Coronation Primary School in Lae, Papua New Guinea, my wonderful teacher (Mr Tindal) was teaching the class about the opening day of the Gallipoli … Read More

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