Monthly Archives: January 2014

Medal lost for 40 years appears on auction site

A man has discovered a missing World War I Victory medal on auction site Ebay 40 years after it disappeared. Terry Snow, from Devon, accidentally lost track of the medal during a house move and has since searched for it … Continue reading

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West London call for World War I memorabilia

Officials at the London Borough of Hillingdon are asking local residents to share their World War I memorabilia. The west London council is planning its commemoration of the Centenary and local historians are looking for anyone with letters, photographs, diaries, … Continue reading

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A draft of reinforcements arrives at Ypres

Norman Gladden recalls how a new draft of men arrived at the 11th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers near Ypres in 1917. The battalion had suffered considerable casualties at the Battle of Messines on 7 June 1917. The nature of the new … Continue reading

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Researchers baffled by World War I soldier’s shorthand diaries

Two diaries, written in shorthand almost a century ago and donated by a local Old Comrades Association, have led researchers at York Castle Museum to make a public appeal for translators to help in understanding them. Corporal William Reader, of … Continue reading

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Life behind the lines in World War I

Norman Gladden, of the 11th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers, recalls the ordinary soldiers’ experience in an area behind the British lines near Ypres in 1917. ‘One day we marched to the Brigade Baths which had been set up in a small … Continue reading

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Remembering Charles Chilton: writer of Oh What a Lovely War!

Charles Chilton, who died on 2 January at the age of 95, was a writer and producer who was responsible for several well-known classic BBC series such as Lost in Space and Riders of the Range. He also wrote the … Continue reading

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Archive lists Irish casualties of World War I

An archive that lists the 49,000 soldiers from the island of Ireland who died during World War I or as a result of wounds sustained during battle has been made available to the public. The archive, entitled Ireland’s Memorial Records, … Continue reading

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