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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