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The Dunkirk evacuation: myth and reality

Dr Tim Benbow, King’s College London The remarkably successful evacuation from Dunkirk in summer 1940 is an epic tale that continues to fascinate and to inspire. It involved heroism in the face of the most desperate adversity; some kind of … Continue reading

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A Tribute to Bill Braham – Ancestor of Barnsley ‘Old Boy’ George Braham

By Jane Ainsworth I was delighted to hear from Bill when Duncan Rogers, my publisher at Helion & Company, forwarded an email to me from him on 12 July. Bill had read my book – Great Sacrifice: The ‘Old Boys’ of … Continue reading

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A Unique Insight into Colonial Archaeology of the 19th Century in a Warzone

Peter Harrington explores the legacy of William Simpson – Special Artist and Antiquarian During the Second Afghan war 1878-179 In October 1983, shortly after starting work as Assistant Curator in the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection at Brown University Library … Continue reading

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English Civil War: The Commission of Thomas Else, 1659

By Stephen Ede-Borrett Extant Army Officers’ Commissions from before 1660 are rare and, as far as I am aware, the example shown here is the only surviving example dating to this period, the last year of the English Commonwealth. After … Continue reading

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“A Rabble of Gentility”? – The Northern Horse, 1644-45

By John Barratt General George Monck once described the Royalist Horse in the English Civil War as  a “rabble of gentility”. It  was (even in the closing stages of the war) a rather sweeping generalisation, but the men who perhaps … Continue reading

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Scots Guards: The Great War as the men of one regiment saw it, by Randall Nicol

This is a human account of the Scots Guardsmen who served in Belgium and France from the start of the Great War until its end; an evolving tale as the two Battalions follow slightly different paths during the first year, … Continue reading

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Somme Centenary Commemoration – Barnsley and Beyond by Jane Ainsworth

I knew that many of the men I researched for my book, Great Sacrifice: The Old Boys of Barnsley Holgate Grammar School in the First World War, had served on the Somme in 1916 from the 30 names in cemeteries or … Continue reading

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The Half-Shilling Curate: A Personal Account of War & Faith 1914-18 by Sarah Reay

The Half-Shilling Curate tells the very personal story of a young Army Chaplain, the Reverend Herbert Butler Cowl, who was my grandfather. The descriptive account, dating from Christmas Eve 1914 to the end of hostilities in 1919, includes his personal letters and … Continue reading

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Accrington’s lost generation of men by Steve Corbett

On July 1st 1916, a brave band of volunteers from Accrington and the surrounding districts suffered catastrophic losses while attempting to capture the fortified village of Serre… I’ve always had a passionate interest in the battles of the Great War. … Continue reading

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How did local newspapers get round Kitchener’s censorship laws in the Great War?

Two Journalism lecturers from De Montfort University – Programme Leader John Dilley and Senior Lecturer David Penman – are conducting a four-year First World War research project. John and David’s project shows how local newspapers maneuvered round Lord Kitchener’s draconian press … Continue reading

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