Join me on the #lastpost

Posted on April 1st, 2015

Whilst I am keen that Great War Tours Ltd should continue to offer bespoke tours – it is my keen boast that no two tours are the same, each being designed individually to meet clients … Read More

Gravestone Epitaphs of WWI: From Victoria Crosses to “Shot at Dawn”

Posted on March 25th, 2015

When the Imperial War Graves Commission began the work of creating the huge number of cemeteries in which to bury Britain’s war dead, one of its earliest decisions was to ensure that each headstone would … Read More

Noel Chavasse – The Double Victoria Cross Winner

Posted on March 24th, 2015

Earlier this month it was announced that Joshua Leakey, a Lance Corporal serving with the Parachute Regiment, had been awarded the Victoria Cross, Britain’s highest military decoration given “for valour” in the face of the … Read More

Every day there’s something to remember

Posted on March 11th, 2015

Driving home last night I heard an article on the radio reminding listeners that 10th March 2015 marked the 70th anniversary of the Bombing of Tokyo (10th March 1945).

Only last month there were a number … Read More

Great War Fiction Books: ‘Valentine Joe’

Posted on March 11th, 2015

‘Valentine Joe’, written by Rebecca Stevens in 2014, tells a fascinating story of Rose, a young person transported back in time to the Western Front to meet the young soldier of the title, Valentine Joe.

As … Read More

Great War Fiction Books: ‘Five Children on the Western Front’

Posted on March 11th, 2015

Some of the readers here may remember having read ‘Five Children and It’ by E Nesbitt during their own childhoods. It first appeared in 1902 and, like one of her other books, ‘The Railway Children’, … Read More

#WhatMyFamilyWore: Charming photos, on the face of it…

Posted on February 26th, 2015

Currently, amongst its many exhibitions and remembrances of the effect of all wars upon the British people, the Imperial War Museum is running a Twitter photographic campaign – #whatmyfamilywore – about the effect of war … Read More

The Tower of London Poppies Have Gone, but the Remembrance Quietly Continues

Posted on February 19th, 2015

I, along with many others, was one of those lucky enough to see the poppy installation at the Tower of London, called ‘Blood swept lands and seas of red’, several times. Each time I was … Read More

Fascinating WW1 Photographs: From Hitchin to Ypres!

Posted on October 27th, 2014

Almost since before the start of this 100th anniversary year of the outbreak of the war, there has been a proliferation of websites devoted to commemorating the Great War; everything from ‘colouring’ in original photographs … Read More

The forgotten story about the Tower of London Poppy Exhibition, “The Blood Swept Land and Seas of Red”

Posted on September 26th, 2014


This year marks the 96th anniversary of the Armistice which brought to an end the Great War. And, by 11th November 2014, some 800,000 ceramic poppies will be flowing out of the windows and over … Read More

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