Monthly Archives: June 2013

Auction beckons for Rolls-Royce that served as World War I dental surgery

A 1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost that was used as a mobile dental surgery during the World War I will join be on show at auction house Bonhams‘ Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale on Friday 12 July. The 1913 Rolls-Royce 45/50hp … Continue reading

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Anniversary of the death of Archduke Franz Ferdinand

It was 99 years today that the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, leading ultimately to the outbreak of World War I. The Archduke was in Sarajevo to inspect Austro-Hungarian troops when he and his wife were shot dead by … Continue reading

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World War I model soldiers from Tommys War

Tommys War is an, as yet small, range of model figures dedicated to World War I subjects. What’s striking is the humanity of the poses, their level of detail and the linking of model figures to particular moments of World … Continue reading

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National Portrait Gallery to restore Naval Officers of World War I

London’s National Portrait Gallery reports it has reached its £20,000 target to repair a large painting entitled Naval Officers of World War I. The gallery plans to display the portrait next year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start … Continue reading

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Coventry memorial plaques removed as vandals strike

Church authorities in Coventry have had to remove two brass plaques from a war memorial to prevent them being stolen. Two other plaques on the memorial at St Nicholas Church, Radford, were stolen two years ago and the two survivors … Continue reading

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Salvation beckons for World War I Hull trawler

A Hull trawler could be returned to the city as part of commemorations to mark the centenary of World War I. This is Hull and East Riding reports the Viola, which is currently rusting in South Georgia, is the last … Continue reading

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‘Oldest’ UK war memorial set for restoration

A World War I memorial that is believed to be the oldest in Britain is set for renovation, 96 years after it was installed, reports The wooden cross and memorial at Inchbrook, Stroud, was dedicated in 1917 on land … Continue reading

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Lieutenant colonel James Barry, Army Remount Service

An unusual headstone commemorating 61-year-old lieutenant colonel James Barry of the Army Remount Service, formerly of the King’s Dragoon Guards. Officers of the Army Remount Service were generally members of the landed gentry, experienced huntsmen and ageing cavalrymen. The equestrian … Continue reading

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UK Government ‘trying too hard’ to avoid World War I triumphalism

The UK Government has been accused of trying too hard to avoid upsetting the Germans by making sure the centenary of World War I is not too triumphalist or patriotic, reports the Daily Telegraph. The newspaper reports that Eric Pickles, … Continue reading

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Overgrown CWGC memorials in Hampstead Cemetery

A couple of examples of overgrown CWGC headstones in Hampstead Cemetery, London. The two in the foreground commemorate Sapper George Dalton of the Royal Engineers and Guardsman Ernest Kitson of the Grenadier Guards. According to CWGC, Sapper Dalton was 46 … Continue reading

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