Monthly Archives: August 2014

WW1 Tank Corps VC winner saved trapped crew

In 1914 20-year-old Cecil Sewell was an articled clerk at his father’s law firm in Greenwich, London. At the outbreak of war he joined the Royal West Kent Regiment. In 1916 he signed up with the newly established Tank Corps, … Continue reading

Posted in News, Soldiers of the Great War | Leave a comment

The Royal Guernsey Light Infantry in WW1

The Royal Guernsey Light Infantry was one of the lesser known British units of the First World War. It was established comparatively late in the conflict, in December 1916, with its recruits training initially on Guernsey and later in Kent. … Continue reading

Posted in Soldiers of the Great War | Leave a comment

Recognition for Channel Islander killed during retreat from Mons

A Jersey housing development is to be named after the first Channel Islander to be killed in the First World War. Captain EFV (Victor) Briard was 25 when he was killed in action on 24 August 1914 during the retreat … Continue reading

Posted in News, Soldiers of the Great War | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Rare colour photographs show realities of WW1

  To mark the Centenary of the First World War, publisher Taschen has produced a fascinating volume dedicated to colour photographs from the conflict. Entitled The First World War in Colour it brings together more than 320 images brought together … Continue reading

Posted in News, World War I memoirs | Leave a comment

Sussex memorial for Battle of Mons VC winner

A memorial stone is to be unveiled to commemorate one of the first Victoria Cross winners of the First World War. Private Sidney Godley VC, of the Royal Fusiliers, won the medal for his defence of the Nimy railway bridge … Continue reading

Posted in Events, News, Soldiers of the Great War | Leave a comment

Worcestershire Cricket Club rededicates WW1 memorial

A memorial to the Worcestershire County Cricket Club players who were killed in the First World War has been rededicated to mark the Centenary of 1914. Some 17 club members, including 10 first XI players, lost their lives in the … Continue reading

Posted in Events, News, Soldiers of the Great War | Leave a comment

Staffordshire conscription tribunal notes revealed

Records from Staffordshire’s conscription appeals tribunals are to be documented as part of the commemorations of the Centenary of the First World War. The authorities intended that the records would be destroyed following the Armistice, but documents relating to around … Continue reading

Posted in Events | Leave a comment