Monthly Archives: September 2013

Women’s drinking caused outcry during World War I

While the men of Britain were marching off to the front line and an uncertain future, some of the country’s women were hitting the bottle. The Daily Mirror reports that women’s drinking was deemed to be shocking that the very … Continue reading

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World War I baby boomers trigger UK over-90s rise

World War continues to have an impact on the British population, almost 100 years after it ended. Over the past two years official population figures have shown a rise in the number of people over the age of 90. This … Continue reading

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Egypt-born VC winner to receive Manchester commemoration

Sergeant Issy Smith, an Egypt-born Victoria Cross winner, will be commemorated in his adopted home city of Manchester, following a campaign by the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women (Ajex). The government plans to commemorate all the British-born VC winners … Continue reading

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Lincolnshire couple unearth World War I medal in garden

A couple who discovered a World War I medal in their garden are hoping to trace the descendants of Royal Navy sailor to whom it belonged, reports the BBC. Katie and Paul Roberts from Saxilby in Lincolnshire, found the 1914-15 … Continue reading

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Campaign to honour Ipswich VC winner

A campaign has been launched to commemorate VC winner Private Samuel Harvey in his adopted home town of Ipswich. Private Harvey, of 1st Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment, won his medal at the Battle of Loos in 1915. An account … Continue reading

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Scottish World War I poster collection to appear online

A collection of World War I propaganda posters is to be made available online as a digital archive. Around 300 posters that were collected by the secretary of the McLean Museum in Greenock, Scotland, during the conflict are being digitised … Continue reading

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New daffodil to commemorate Gallipoli fallen

A new daffodil has been created to commemorate soldiers who fought and died in the Dardanelles campaign of 1915. Expert grower Ron Scamp has named his new variety Gallipoli Dawn and he hopes the flower will raise much-needed funds for … Continue reading

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RBL poppy planting campaign saved after HLF snub

A Royal British Legion project to plant poppies across the UK has been saved, despite its being turned down for Heritage Lottery Funding. The project had applied for £92,000, but this was rejected by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) because … Continue reading

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VC winners commemorated in home towns

Each World War I Victoria Cross recipient in Britain will have a stone laid in his or her home town as part of the World War 1 Centenary commemorations in 2014. In Nantwich, Cheshire, for example, second lieutenant Stanley Henry … Continue reading

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Charity searches for relatives of first British casualty

The Barnet War Memorials Initiative Trust is looking to install a memorial to private John Parr, of 4th Battalion the Middlesex Regiment, who was the first British soldier to be killed in World War I. It is also hoping to … Continue reading

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