Tag Archives: 1914-1918

A female RFC driver of the First World War

A female driver of the Royal Flying Corps aboard a motorcycle and sidecar, possibly in early 1918. The Women’s Rotal Air Force (WRAF) was formed in April 1918 and by the end of the First World War there were more than … Continue reading

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Missing soldier’s name added to Hampshire memorial

The name of a Royal Engineer, who died in the years following the First World War, has finally been inscribed on the war memorial at Andover in Hampshire, 95 years after it was erected. Corporal Reginald Robbins’ name was recorded … Continue reading

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South Wales Borderers head ‘up the line’, 1916

Troops of the 2nd Battalion, South Wales Borderers wait in the rain on their way to the front-line trenches near Montauban in October 1916. It’s a picture that’s worth 1,000 words. The men are laden down with kit: greatcoats, blankets, ammunition. They lean forward to counteract … Continue reading

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Missing Irish infantryman to be buried as ‘unknown soldier’

An Irish-born infantryman, killed in 1914, will be buried as an unknown soldier, after attempts to trace his relatives failed. Researchers believe they have found the remains of private James Rowan of 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, who was originally from County … Continue reading

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WW1 exhibition at University of Leicester

The University of Leicester is showcasing a selection of items from its First World War collection as part of its commemorations of the Anniversary of the First World War. University archivist Caroline Sampson said: ‘This exhibition draws on material from … Continue reading

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English town axes idea of streets named after WW1 soldiers

An English town council has rejected a proposal to name new streets after local men who were decorated for bravery in the First World War. Milton Keynes, in Buckinghamshire, is due to expand by at least 3,000 houses over the … Continue reading

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Snipers shot British soldiers on Christmas Day 1914

The Centenary of the Christmas Truce of 1914 is receiving much media coverage, but it was not universally observed. At one point of the British front line, near the French village of Festubert, there was no fraternising and the war … Continue reading

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