Category Archives: Soldiers of the Great War

Book focuses on Sikh soldiers’ role in the First World War

A London-based IT manager has written a book detailing the experiences of Sikh soldiers during the First World War. Sukwinder Singh Bassi researched hundreds of letters written by and to Sikh troops, before publishing around 700 extracts under the title … Continue reading

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A British officer who served with Sikhs at Festubert in 1914

The recent furore involving actor Laurence Fox, the film 1917 and the role of Sikh soldiers during the First World War reminded me of a plaque in the Grosvenor Chapel on South Audley Street in London’s Mayfair. It is dedicated … Continue reading

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Welsh school seeks WW1 relatives

A Welsh school is looking for relatives of 76 pupils who lost their lives during the First World War. Monmouth School for Boys plans to re-dedicate its war memorial on Armistice Day, Monday, November 11. It hopes to trace as … Continue reading

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Two unknown Royal Fusiliers to be buried near Ypres

Two unknown soldiers from the Royal Fusiliers will be buried at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s New Irish Farm Cemetery on 9 October. Remains of the two men were discovered in 2014 during building work near Ypres. Researchers think they have narrowed … Continue reading

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Welsh church seeks families of local WWI soldiers

Members of the congregation of a Welsh church are looking for relatives of two former parishioners who served in the First World War. Llanmerewig Church in Powys is hoping to trace family members to attend a service to unveil a … Continue reading

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Missing British soldier reburied in Belgium

The body of a British infantry officer, missing for more than 100 years, has been reburied in Belgium. Second lieutenant Eric Henderson was serving with the 8th Battalion London Regiment (Post Office Rifles) on 7 June 1917, when his unit … Continue reading

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WW1 archeology exhibition in Ypres

Ypres’ In Flanders Fields museum is focusing its attention on the subterranean relics of war this year. Entitled Traces of War, WW1 Archeology the museum’s fascinating new exhibition explores the strata of buried First World War remains that lie less … Continue reading

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MoD searches for relatives of missing Bedfordshire soldier

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is trying to trace relatives of a World War One soldier who died in France in 1918. Sergeant Edward Norton was born in Stotfold, Bedfordshire, in 1881 and lived in Luton. He enlisted in the … Continue reading

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Welsh memorial for 1917 VC winner

Some 100 years after he won the Victoria Cross in Belgium, a soldier from Ceredigion has been honoured with a memorial in his home county. Machine gun taken Lieutenant-Colonel Lewis Pugh Evans received the award for his actions on 4 … Continue reading

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England footballers join Living Memory project

Interim England football manager Gareth Southgate and three senior members of his squad – Wayne Rooney, Joe Hart and Daniel Sturridge – have visited Stapenhill Cemetery in Burton-upon-Trent in support of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s (CWGC) Living Memory Project. … Continue reading

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