Category Archives: Soldiers of the Great War

Lost Cambrai tank reveals its secrets

In 20 November 1917, during the Battle of Cambrai, a British tank nicknamed ‘Deborah’ was hit by a shell from a German field gun and came to a grinding halt. Five of her crew were killed and the remainder were … Continue reading

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Historian identifies missing sailor from Battle of Jutland

Researchers have identified a missing British sailor who lost his life in the Battle of Jutland in 1916. Able seaman Harry Gasson from Hastings in Sussex served as an able seaman on board HMS Castor and was one of 10 … Continue reading

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Appeal launched to find remains of VC winner of Vimy Ridge

The remains of a VC winner and those of more than 40 of his comrades may have been discovered close to the Canadian Memorial at Vimy Ridge in France. The Battle of Vimy Ridge took place in April 1917 and … Continue reading

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Lawrence of Arabia map for sale at Sotheby’s

A map drawn by First World War desert commander TE Lawrence will go on sale at Sotheby’s in London on 4 November 2014. The hand-drawn map shows an area of Saudi Arabia that Lawrence and his men crossed in May … Continue reading

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Shot at dawn pamphlet published online

A campaigning contemporary pamphlet, designed to draw attention to the British army’s relatively common and often arbitrary use of the death penalty, has been made available online. Entitled Shootings at Dawn and written by Ernest Thurtle MP, it uses extracts … Continue reading

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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

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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

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