Monthly Archives: June 2013

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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Work begins on statue of Essex VC winner

Work has begun on a statue to mark the centenary of the start of World War I. EADT24 reports that that a seven foot-tall bronze figure of Private Herbert Columbine VC of the Machine Gun Corps is being created by … Continue reading

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WWI shinty players remembered at Scotland’s Blas Festival

Shinty’s Heroes, a play that commemorates sportsmen who played shinty and who were killed in World War I, will be part of September’s Blas festival 2013 at the Nevis Centre in Fort William. The Herald reports that the show will … Continue reading

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