Who was the first Victorian Cross awarded to in World War One?

Posted on September 18th, 2014


Those of my readers with eagle eye-sight might have noticed that, in my last blog I only mentioned one Victoria Cross being won on 23rd August 1914 – to Lt Maurice Dease of the Royal … Read More

Why 23rd August can be considered the true anniversary of the outbreak of WW1

Posted on August 22nd, 2014


With the extensive coverage the BBC has devoted this month to the 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War, one can hope that more people now understand just how much a significant and … Read More

The Ghost of (my) Christmas Present?

Posted on January 27th, 2014

According to the Anglican Church’s Liturgical Calendar, the Christmas season does not finish until the celebration of Candlemass, which this year will be observed on Sun 2nd Feb ’14. So, I feel quite at liberty … Read More

The Ghosts of Christmas Past

Posted on December 25th, 2013

Increasingly over the last couple of weeks, there have been articles in the national press reminding readers about the Christmas Truce – that brief moment over Christmas 1914 when both British and German troops put … Read More

Who Will Remember?

Posted on September 4th, 2013

I was very taken by a recent article in the Comet (Hitchin Edition) of 15th August, regarding a new Battlefield Memorial to be erected in St Julien, Belgium in honour soldiers of the Hertfordshire Regiment … Read More

Fromelles Revisited

Posted on August 13th, 2013

I dispatched my first E-newsletter on the 97th Anniversary of the opening day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st July 2013 although, in its principle article, I chose to focus upon another, earlier battlefield … Read More

From the bookshelf

Posted on July 1st, 2013

As the next five years of 100th anniversaries of the Great War approaches, writers and their publishers will no doubt be very busy revisiting and reviewing all the many thousands of books which exist already … Read More

A Tale of Two Cemeteries

Posted on July 1st, 2013

Yesterday having been the 97th anniversary of the opening day of the Battle of the Somme (1st July 1916), Britain’s main attempt during 1916 to dislodge the German army from their strongholds in northern … Read More

Lights, Camera, Action

Posted on July 1st, 2013

If reading a book is too much of a chore after a hard day at work, then perhaps you would prefer to watch a film?  Now I know that this is not always considered to … Read More

Music maestro, please?

Posted on July 1st, 2013

I am of the Scottish generation for whom Wilfred Owen’s poetry was a core element of both our English and History studies.  However, my mother being an English teacher, I had been aware of his … Read More

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