Category Archives: Soldiers of the Great War

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

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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

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The first Flying Corps casualties of the First World War

In August 1914 the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) began its deployment to France. On the 12th, the Corps lost its first casualties, when one of its aircraft came down soon after take off. Second-lieutenant Robin Skene and air mechanic Raymond … Continue reading

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Reservists re-join the British army in August 1914

Reservists queue to rejoin the British Army on 5 August 1914. The men are former members of the Grenadier Guards who have been recalled following the outbreak of war and are awaiting a medical examination at Wellington Barracks, Chelsea. While … Continue reading

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The Briton killed within hours of outbreak of WW1

Historian Richard van Emden suggests Henry Hadley should be recognized as the first British casualty of the First World War. Hadley, a former army officer with the West India Regiment who had been educated at Cheltenham College, was working as … Continue reading

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Search solves mystery of WW1 officer painting

An unknown World War I officer, depicted in a painting, has been identified by the website Art Detective. The picture was in the collection of Carmarthenshire Museums in Wales. It depicts Second Lieutenant Paul Chancourt Girardot of the 2nd Battalion, Oxford & … Continue reading

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Devon village remembers tallest British soldier of WW1

A soldier who was reputed to be the tallest man in the British Army during the First World War will be remembered in Devon later this month as part of commemorations of the Centenary. Harry Barter stood more than 6ft … Continue reading

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English WW1 Muslim Cemetery to be restored

A memorial to Muslim soldiers who died during the First World War is to be restored to mark the Centenary. The former cemetery, at Horsell Common near Woking, has been repaired following a grant from English Heritage. Originally built in … Continue reading

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The Lincolnshire regiment at Leighton Buzzard

Major John Storer (on horseback) observes the 8th Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment, marching through Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire. Formed in September 1914, the battalion trained in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire in the winter of 1914-1915, when this photograph was taken. The Battalion landed … Continue reading

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First World War memorial rededicated in Gateshead

A two-tonne marble memorial has been rededicated in Gateshead as part of commemorations of the Centenary of the First World War. The memorial has been rededicated in a prime position overlooking the Tyne in the grounds of St Mary’s Heritage … Continue reading

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