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Why another book on the Somme? Canadians on the Somme 1916

A dialog with William Stewart, the author of the upcoming book The Canadians on the Somme, 1916: The Neglected Campaign First, what is the book about? It examines and analyses the 89-day Canadian experience in the 1916 Somme campaign at … Continue reading

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WW1 Artefacts: Private Harold Tookey’s Camera

By Steve Corbett Early last year, at a vintage collectors’ fair being held in a village in Sussex, an elderly lady approached one of the stall holders and offered him a small Kodak vest pocket camera – often referred to … Continue reading

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Great War: The Battle of Arras – the Overlooked Campaign

By Jim Smithson Having spent many years visiting the Great War battlefields and being fascinated by the subject, I was always puzzled by the apparent lack of material on the Battle of Arras in April and May 1917.  Whilst still … Continue reading

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Remembering the Centenary of the First Tank Crews who fought at the Somme

John Lennon’s maths teacher, the Scottish chemist Stuart Hastie (who introduced science into the whisky distilling process), the grandson of the social reformer Joseph Rowntree and the champion rose grower Bill Harkness… These are just four of the brave souls … 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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Early July 1916: La Boisselle – Forgotten Battle of the Somme Engagement?

By Nick Thornicroft – Author of Dauntless Courage on the Somme. Officers of the 19th Division who fell at La Boisselle 1 – 10 July 1916. On 1 July 2016, commemorations of the centenary of the first day of the … 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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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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