great war web-pages
Andrew Hamilton and Alan Reed have published
their excellent new book, "Where Are The Boys?"
which paints a vivid and detailed picture of the
catastrophe that unfolded on 1st July, 1916.
With accounts of the various actions, routes
for walks and drives, the book is ideal for those
wishing to follow in the footsteps of an ancestor
or explore the 17-mile front line.
More details or to order - here
|THE BATTLEFIELDS TODAY|
Tom Morgan - The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing
|Tom Morgan - The Armistice Clearing at Compiègne|
|Tom Morgan - Decisions at Potters Bar - The L31 Crash Site|
|Norman Thorpe, Rod Morris & Tom Morgan - The Thankful Villages|
| Mark Hone - School
Visits to the Battlefields, Then and Now
Mark Hone considers the history of school battlefield visits against a background of his own 20-year experience of organising such tours for his school, Bury Grammar School.
| Peter Maasz - The
Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars' Memorial at Rifle Wood, Somme
Researching relatives' service in the war can lead us down some unexpected roads. Peter Maasz started off with just a name and a date, but ended by seeing his relative's name included on a new battlefield memorial marking the place where he and his comrades were killed in 1918.
|Ian Ronayne - Jersey's Forgotten War|
| Mark Gardiner (with help from Neil Mackenzie) - A
Tour of the Ypres Salient
In May 2007, two friends visited the battlefields around Ypres with the aim of calling at every British war cemetery within the Ypres Salient plus a few in the nearby areas - 170 in all. Their tour involved far more than just ticking cemeteries off on a list. They had previously researched at least one soldier for each cemetery, so each visit was an Act of Remembrance. Here is their diary.
|Peter Vince - Headwinds and Hangovers the diary of a bike-ride along the Western Front|
Charles Fair - Charles Fair's Battlefield Guide
|John Childs - Biking the Battlefields|
|Philip Eagles - Mystery Chateau?|
|Geoff Moran - The Gallipoli Campaign - Revisiting History|
|Jacky Platteeuw - At the Going Down of the Sun....|
|Jacky Platteeuw - The "Silent Cities" of the Ypres Salient|
SSgt. R. Longstaff - The Western Front Revisited
|WO2 R. Longstaff - Exercise Gallipoli Serpent|
Pat Raftery - A Walking Holiday in Northern France
Maurice Alexander - A Visit to Verdun - 1998
|Maurice Alexander - 2002 - Verdun - The Return|
| Mark Abercromby -
in Australia's Footsteps" on the Western Front
|EXTENDED SERIES OF ARTICLES - "Sites within a Site"|
|Andrew Thornton - We had done All that was Expected of us (7 articles)|
|Tom Arnott - Canada (and "Red" Arnott) in the Great War (9 articles)|
|INDIVIDUAL LIVES - RESEARCH AND REMEMBRANCE|
| David Whithorn - A
David's tribute to his uncle, Tom Young, written one hundred years to the day 'Uncle Tom' died in France.
| David Whithorn - 24
Hours of Research
Just to show that you don't necessarily have to buy an expensive set of medals to be launched onto the path of research. And sometimes you don't have to spend a lot of time over the research, either!
| Shane Cawley - The Hannon
Brothers in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers 1914-1918
An account of two brothers' journeys through the war, researched from their individual service records and regimental movements during their active duty.
| Alan Tucker - Open
The diary of Captain Arthur Impey, a Battery Officer of 79th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, from August 16th 1918, when he returned to France after being wounded in 1917, to November 11th 1918, the day of the Armistice. An excellent account of the last "Hundred Days" of the war, made even better by Alan's further articles, giving a background to people and events mentioned.
| John Anderson - David
How a chance purchase at a French bric-a-brac market let to the discovery of one soldier's amazing adventure in the Great War.
| Alan Reed - The
Christmas Truce of 1914
- New Evidence from a Captain's Diary
A recently-discovered new eyewitness account of the famous truce.
Annette Burgoyne - The 1st
Bn. KSLI at Morteldje Estaminet
Annette Burgoyne, author of "The 6th Battalion King's Shropshire Light Infantry" tells the story of a little-known action which involved the 1st Battalion. This action may not get much of a mention in the history books, but it brought the battalion the highest praise.
| Kevin Patience - An East
African Victoria Cross
This article by Kevin Patience extends the site's sphere of interest beyond the Western Front and recounts an incident which took place in East Africa and which resulted in the posthumous award of a Victoria Cross. Kevin's account has appeared on the site before, but this updated version contains so much new information as to make it a new article.
| Michael Farrier - "On
HMS India, November 1914…"
Subtitled "A Personal Family Tragedy of the 1914 - '18 War" this is a family research story which started with an old postcard.
| Chris Basey
Thanks to Chris for writing this excellent account of the 2004 Act of Remembrance at Norwich Cathedral - not one of the best-known annual observances, but certainly one of the most poignant.
| Alastair H. Fraser - The
Identification of a German Soldier
While archaeologists were searching for "Wilfred Owen's Dugout" near Serre in 2003, for a BBC TV programme, the remains of two German soldiers were found. Here Alastair Fraser describes how one of them was positively identified.
| Conor Dodd - Captain
Joseph Edward Lynch
Conor Dodd tells the story of one of the many Irishman who fought and died while serving in English Regiments during the Great War.
| Conor Dodd - John
Vincent Holland V.C.
Continuing his researches into Irish soldiers, Conor Dodd tells the story of an Irish VC winner.
| Des Blackadder - Hanging
on the Old Barbed Wire
Commemorating 1st July, 2004 - the story of the The 12th Royal Irish Rifles (Central Antrims) and their attack on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
| John Guy Gillbert - A Month
Written in 1964 and edited by Stephanie Horton, this is Lieut. Gillbert's memoir of his time in Gallipoli with the 6th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment.
| Pat Phillips - One Son
Died of Wounds, 1919
"One Son Died of Wounds, 1919" was a note beside a husband and wife's name on a handwritten family tree drawn up by Pat Phillips's grandmother. This sad little note moved Pat to find out more about this forgotten relative.
Rev. Dr. Daniel Hörnemann, OSB - A Human
Heinrich Plesker, buried in the German Cemetery at Langemark, was Daniel Hörnemann's Great-Uncle. Daniel's research led to this moving article.
Rev. Dr. Daniel Hörnemann, OSB - Those
They Longed For
The fate of the Brothers of the Benedictine Abbey at Gerleve, Germany, who went missing during their military service.
Rev. Dr. Daniel Hörnemann, OSB - One
As a follow-up to his excellent article about the Brothers of the Benedictine Abbey at Gerleve who died in the war, Daniel Hörnemann tells the story of one who came home again.
Rev. Dr. Daniel Hörnemann, OSB - Lest
Daniel Hörnemann's moving description of Gerleve Abbey's new memorial, dedicated to the memory of the 19 brothers who died as a result of war or accident between 1905 and 1987.
Rev. Dr. Daniel Hörnemann, OSB- Found at
The search for a German victim of World War 1
Rev. Dr. Daniel Hörnemann, OSB - More
on Theodor Hörnemann
"I Only Hope This Terrible War Will End Soon!" This site already contains an article about Daniel Hörnemann's Great Uncle, Theodor. In this new article he is able to tell us more about the man, having discovered many of the letters and postcards written by and to him during the war.
| David Bluestein -
Roy Roswell Poulton
A very welcome account of the story behind another group of medals in David Bluestein's collection.
| David Bluestein -
Major Charles Blair-Wilson
Research following the purchase of a soldier's medals resulted in this article written in memory of a young and highly-regarded officer of the 42nd Battalion Royal Highlanders Of Canada CEF, killed in Action September 15, 1916 on the Somme.
| Linda Preston - A
How a young and hungry soldier "beat the system" and found his way to the hospital kitchen!
| Thomas Hutchinson
- T.F.T. -
Thomas Franklin Townsend
Completely re-written in the light of new research
| Bob Coulson - The
The story of two brothers, killed in action seventy miles apart, but reunited in death thanks to the efforts of their influential father, who ensured that they were buried side-by-side.
| Bob Coulson - The
Chaplain VCs of the Great War
Bob Coulson tells the stories of the three "Padres" or "Sky Pilots" who won the VC during the war.
| Bob Coulson - The Nine VCs
of the First Day on the Somme
Details of all nine VC winners and pictures of most of them.
| John Hartley - Robert
Brough - A Great-Uncle still in Belgium
Hanging on the wall near his computer, John Hartley has a photograph of his grandfather, Thomas Brough, among his comrades in "E" Company, 17th Battalion The Manchester Regiment. Until recently, he never suspected that his grandfather's brother, Robert, might also be in the photograph.
| John Hartley - Thomas
Brough - Private 9210
Pte. Brough served in "A" Company, 17th Battalion The Manchester Regiment. John Hartley's research into the Great War serice of his Grandfather grew and grew until it had become an excellent account of his Battalion's service, too.
| John Hartley - An
Details of the career of Private Harry Eastwick, MS/1520 18th Anti-Aircraft Section, Army Service Corps
| John Hartley - Lost
Until he found out quite by chance, John Hartley didn't know he had a Great-Uncle who died in the war. The soldier didn't appear on any local war memorial, so he was almost lost for ever. But not now.
John Hartley - In
From The Cold - A Manchester at Gallipolli
In his latest "Hellfire Corner" article, John Hartley tells the story of Sgt. Thomas Worthington, 1/6th Battalion, Manchester Regiment, who was killed at Gallipoli. John's research indicated that Sgt. Worthington was not commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The article's title, "In From the Cold", refers to John's decision to try to get this omission corrected..............
Eagles - The
8th August, 1918
In the early hours of the morning of the 8th of August 1918 a blanket of fog around the river Somme concealed a massive military force which was about to be unleashed. Two thousand British, Australian, Canadian and French cannon were deployed in a line stretching south-west from Hamel and north to and beyond the Somme.
Eagles - The
Essex Regiment at Langemark
In this article, Philip Eagles tells the story of his grandfather, who was a 21-year-old Lieutenant with the 1st Battalion, the Essex Regiment.
Eagles - Alfred
An article remembering Driver Jessop, of 101st Howitzer battery, Anzac Corps, written by his great-nephew, Philip Eagles.
Johnstone - Private
Remembering Pte. Farrer, of the Londale Battalion - 11th (Service) Battalion, the Border Regiment - who was killed in Action near Thiepval on 1st July, 1916.
| Andy Fisk - Sgt William
This article is the result of Andy Fisk's research into the life of his relative Sgt. Falla, who served in the 1st Battalion, the Bedfordshire Regiment.
| Richard Racey - WW1 Escape
(Stealth, Torn Trousers and Skinny-Dipping in the Dark) This is Richard Racey's edited version of his Father's Great War Diary, telling a story of capture nearYpres, imprisonment in a sucession of camps and, finally, escape to neutral Holland.
| Mike Neal - In
Search of a Lost Pal
As a teenager, Mike Neal was not particularly interested to learn that his Great Grandfather had been killed during the Great War. Later though, after 20 years in the army himself, he took a much more profound interest and the result is this excellent and moving piece of research and remembrance.
Frank Last (transcribed by Rick Riehl) - My War Diary
Rick Riehl's transcription of Private Last' Diary. A most moving account of a very eventful time spent in battle and as a prisoner.
Frank Last (transcribed by Rick Riehl) Fini La
The story of Frank Last's journey home.
| Jon Toohey - Brothers
The story of two brothers from Ireland, both of whome served in the war, and both of whom have no known grave. They are remembered on memorials to the missing, but a world apart.
| Andrew Wegg - Finding
a Lost Soul
The story of Andrew's research into the Great War service of his relative, Stanley Butwright, who was killed withing just a few weeks of his arrival in France.
| Chris Mills -
The charming story of Chris's journey in honour of his uncle, Pte. Ted Mills, of the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, along with his son - also called Ted Mills - to tie up some family Loose Ends.
Shepherd - Hubert
Gooding, M.M. - 1st Bn the Essex Regiment
This is Chris Shepherd's article based on his research into the life (and death at Cambrai) of his grandfather's uncle. Chris has used letters written home from the front to give a very moving insight into life at the Front.
Thornton - There's
a Long, Long Trail A-Winding
The story of Company Sergeant-Major William Thompson M.M of the North Staffordshire Regiment, researched by his great-grandson, Andrew Thornton.
| Tom Morgan - At the
Going Down of the Sun
Tom Morgan's article following research into the life Private Harry Woods, 1st. Bn. The Dorsetshire Regiment, who almost disappeared without trace in 1915. Just to show that you can't always find information, no matter how much you try!
| Earl Chapman - Jack
This is Earl's Memorial to his relative, who was born in England and who emigrated to Canada in 1911. Jack Chapman is one of more than 11,000 Canadians who have no known graves.
| Alex Deeley -
for Two Uncles
In this article Alex Deeley, a young Australian, remembers his two relatives who died in the war, one serving in the British Army and the other in the Australian Imperial Force.
| Geoff Moran - The
Diary of William Dick Stevens
This is Geoff Moran's well-edited version of the diary of an Australian soldier, from his departure for the war in 1915 to the time of his death at Pozieres, Somme, in 1916.
| Glenn Hyatt - Ollie
Glenn Hyatt saw this striking name on his local war memorial in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and simply had to find out more.
|Tom Oates - The Colonel's Runner|
|John Wright - No Known Grave|
|Chris Murphy - Albert Jacka -V.C., M.C. and Bar|
|Capt. Steve Newman, PPCLI - The Unknown Sergeant|
|Capt. Steve Newman, PPCLI - The Unknown Lieutenant|
|John Watts - Return to Cavalry Farm|
|John Watts & Martin Soilleux-Cardwell - "Striking I Defend"|
|Kyle Tallett - Pte. John (Jack) Clegg - Royal Marine Light Infantry|
|Peter Porteous - Transcription of the Diary of Private Harry Broun|
|Nicholas Lovell - The Five Victoria Cross winners of Bromsgrove School|
|GENERAL INTEREST ARTICLES|
|Tom Morgan - Dover, Louis Blériot and the Royal Flying Corps|
|Tom Morgan - The Great Zeppelin Raid of January 31st/February 1st, 1916|
|Tom Morgan - Three Great War Burials - April, 1998|
|Tom Morgan - The Burial of Pte. Russell Bosisto, 27th Bn. AIF|
|Tom Morgan - The Christmas Truce - 1914|
|Tom Morgan - Vimy Ridge - the 80th Anniversary|
|Tom Morgan - The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (France)|
|Tom Morgan - The German Cemetery on Cannock Chase, Staffordshire|
|Martin Middlebrook - The Writing of The First Day on the Somme|
|Martin Middlebrook - My Aunt at Mons, 1914-1918|
|Janine Lawrence - Doing Their Bit - the Voluntary Aid Detachment|
|Richard Mackay - The Royal Naval Submarine Service 1901-1918|
|John Duffell - A Town at War - Epping in 1915|
|Ian Livingston - North British Locomotive Company, Glasgow|
|Ian Livingston - 3rd Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers Football Club|
|Robert Hoskins - Celtic Football Club and the Great War|
|Nicholas Saunders - Trench Art - Symbols and Memories of the Great War|
|Gary Butler - I Have Seen Sights Which No Man Should See|
|Harold Pollins - Jewish Soldiers in 1/17th Battalion, The London Regiment in the First World War|
|Harold Pollins - Jewish Officers in World War 1|
|Harold Pollins - The Rothschilds as Recruiters for Buckinghamshire|
|John Brandon - Private George Nugent - Discovery|
|John Sheen - Private George Nugent - Identification|
|Andrew Thornton - The Staffordshire Brigade at Wulverghem|
|Taff Gillingham - The Christmas Truce 1914 - 1999|
|Judith Lappin - The Machine Gun Corps Old Comrades' Association|
|Paul Reed - The Mark IV Tank discovered at Flesquieres with 2 updates|
|Terry Powell - Remembering July 1st., 1916, the Welsh at Mametz Wood|
|Lt. Col. E. R. Pratt OBE, MC - The Origin of a Fuse|
|Jack Cavanagh - Twenty Years on - Counting the Human Cost in 1938|
|Steve Wilson - Pip, Squeak and Wilfred|
|Tom Morgan - Who's Tom Morgan?|