Monthly Archives: November 2013

Remains of missing World War I soldier found on Somme battlefield

Remains of a missing World War I soldier were discovered last week near the Ulster Tower memorial on the Somme battlefield. They were found as a mechanical digger was operating as part of plans to improve the parking area and … Continue reading

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Letter home tells of dangers of Ypres in 1915

A letter home from lieutenant Hugh Butterworth of the 9th Battalion, Rifle Brigade. In it, he displays a characteristic joviality and dry wit despite the dangers of his situation. Trenches Sunday, June 20th, 1915. 3.15am What a night! We left … Continue reading

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Scottish rugby players killed in World War I remembered in Edinburgh

Scottish international rugby players who were killed in World War I are to be honoured at an event in December at Edinburgh Central Library. Scotland lost 30 international rugby players (including five captains) during the war – more than any … Continue reading

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Yorkshire man searches for rules of World War I card game

A Yorkshire pensioner is trying to find anyone who knows the rules of Militaire, a card game that was played in the trenches of World War I. The York Press reports that Brian Elsegood believes a deck of cards he … Continue reading

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Franz Ferdinand accident could have changed course of history

One hundred years ago, and just months before his death, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was nearly shot dead in a hunting accident in Nottinghamshire, England. The BBC reports that at the time, the Duke of Portland – on whose … Continue reading

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Medal of Staffordshire Regiment soldier found in Midlands garden

A British gardening enthusiast has discovered two long-lost World War I medals in his potato patch. Roger Aston, of Smethwick in the West Midlands, found one German and one British medal. The latter was awarded to 33-year-old Private Francis Hubball, … Continue reading

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World War I changed culture of mourning, says Yale professor

World War I changed the culture of mourning in Europe and acted as a crucial brake on progress, says Yale professor Jay Winter in an interview with Deutsche Welle. Winter, who has curated the exhibition Missing Sons, at the Art … Continue reading

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New Zealand WW1 commemoration plaque found in rubbish

Waste disposal contractors in New Zealand have recovered a World War I memorial plaque amid a pile of rubbish. The plaque commemorates private Ernest Wright, of 3rd Battalion, the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, who was killed in France on 23 … Continue reading

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Lieutenant Gerald David Lomax, Welch Regiment

Second Lieutenant David Lomax is commemorated on a brass plaque at St Marylebone Church, London NW1. It mentions that he was attached to the 2nd Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment, when he was mortally wounded at Fromelles in May 1915. It also … Continue reading

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World War I medal found in Isle of Man field

A metal detectorist is hoping to trace the relatives of a World War 1 soldier after discovering his Victory Medal in an Isle of Man field. The BBC reports that the medal is embossed with the name WH Gelling and … Continue reading

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