Tag Archives: World War One

What Did You Do in the Great War, Grandfather?

By Charles Barrington The book primarily covers the First World, but also describes the years leading up to the war and the period between the wars. My motivation was the fact that my grandfather was involved in this seismic period … Continue reading

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Jack and Hopit: A Cavalryman and his war horse in the Great War

By Serena Merton Jack and Hopit tells the story of Second Lieutenant John Forrester Colvin and his charger Hopit who arrived in France in November 1914 and returned home together in April 1919. Their relationship began in 1912 when Jack … Continue reading

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Birmingham publisher sweeps the board at British military history ‘Oscars’

A BIRMINGHAM-based publisher has won the top two accolades at the ‘Oscars’ of British military history publishing – the Templer Awards. Helion and Company, which has also celebrated its 20th anniversary, published both the best book on British military history … Continue reading

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WW1 historian calls for PTSD pledge

A prize-winning First World War historian and psychiatrist has called for a cross-party commitment to deliver improved services for armed forces veterans battling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) this Mental Health Awareness Week. Dr Stefanie Linden’s proposal for a book … Continue reading

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How Mount Piana inspired a new history of The Italian Folgore Parachute Division

By Paolo Morisi – I hail from northern Italy and – in the summer – I spend a lot of time in the mountains along the Austrian-Italian border, the Alto Adige and Veneto regions of Italy. In the 1980s you could still … 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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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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