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Centenary Commemorations: Passchendaele. 103 Days in Hell

A TV historian and author is set to mark the Centenary of the Third Battle of Ypres by telling the personal stories of those who fought during a nightmare struggle which has become known a Passchendaele.  South-West London-based Alexandra Churchill … Continue reading

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Great War Memoir Launch Hailed a Huge Success

THE BBC’s Hugh Pym (pictured above left) was guest of honour at the official launch of a new memoir on the Reverend Herbert Butler Cowl, who volunteered as an Army Chaplain in Christmas 1914. The Half-Shilling Curate. A Personal Account of … Continue reading

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Accrington Pal Remembered at Library Author Event – 1 September, 2016

THE author of a new book on an Accrington Pal – who survived the Battle of the Somme – will give a free-to-attend talk at Accrington Library on Thursday, 1 September. Accrington-born Private Jack Smallshaw was one of the first … Continue reading

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University Centre Hosts Major English Civil War Conference

A MAJOR English Civil War Conference is set to return to the town’s iconic Rowley’s House building and University Centre Shrewsbury base on Saturday, 10 September. Supported by official event partners the Pike and Shot Society, and organised by one … 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 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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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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Leicester Military History Live 2016: Saturday 18 June, 10am-4pm

Explore the conflicts from the past that shape our world today at Leicester’s ‘Military History Live 2016’ event – taking place on Saturday 18 June at the Adult Education building on Belvoir Street. With the continued sponsorship of publishers Helion & Company … Continue reading

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Explore the conflicts from the past that shape our world today at Leicester’s Military History Live

After its hugely-successful 2015 launch, and with the continued sponsorship of Helion & Company Ltd, Leicester’s free-to-attend Military History Live once again returns on Saturday 18 June to the Adult Education building on bustling Belvoir Street with a full programme … Continue reading

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The Rev ‘Tubby’ Clayton: The Wartime Chaplain Who Inspired Peacetime Movement ‘Toc H’

ONE of the most charismatic and influential Anglican Chaplains of the 20th century, The Rev P.B. ‘Tubby’ Clayton is set to be reappraised in the centenary year of Talbot House – the ‘Haven from Hell’ he created on the infamous … Continue reading

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