Tag Archives: 1915

Berkshire VC winner to have Reading statue

A statue to commemorate a VC winning British cavalryman is to be erected in the centre of Reading, Berkshire. It will depict trooper Fred Potts of the Berkshire Yeomanry dragging a wounded comrade, trooper Arthur Andrews, to safety on a … Continue reading

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WW1 firing range discovered in Wales

A First World War rifle range has been discovered by a recently formed Welsh history society. Ian Fewing, secretary of the Aberystruth Archaeology and History Society was out walking in Cwmcelyn, Blaenau Gwent, Wales when he came across a collapsed … Continue reading

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Australian PM highlights importance of WW1 in shaping nation

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has said Gallipoli was one of a ‘tide of events’ that shaped the Australian nation. In his Anzac Day address at the Australian War Memorial, Abbott also called for Australians to remember the Western Front … Continue reading

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Wildlife at Gallipoli, December 1915

‘Bird and insect life is most interesting here… Larks can always be seen, and their presence seems to lessen in some degree the sordidness of war. One feels thankful that, no matter how many guns may be thundering, the noise … Continue reading

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Private Percy Hamlen of the Artists’ Rifles

Hidden away in a partially overgrown area of St Pancras Cemetery, North London, is the grave of Private Percy Hamlen of the Artists’ Rifles, who died in March 1915.  

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Scotland’s National War Museum launches Centenary exhibition

Scotland’s National War Museum is marking the Centenary of the First World War with an exhibition entitled Next of Kin. The show will run at the National War Museum, Edinburgh, until March 2015, before going on tour to eight venues … Continue reading

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Missing British soldiers to be reburied at Loos

On 14 March 2014, private William McAleer of the Royal Scots Fusiliers and 19 unknown British soldiers of the First World War will be reburied at the Loos British Cemetery in France. Private McAleer was killed in action on 26 … Continue reading

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Reading footballer Joe Dickinson remembered for the Centenary of World War I

Joe Dickinson was one of 44 Reading Football Club players to serve in World War I and one of 11 who never returned home. Dickinson had been a regular army soldier prior to his stint at the club, serving with … Continue reading

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Ypres painting on show at IWM North to mark Centenary

A painting depicting wounded soldiers at Ypres during World War I has gone on show for the first time in almost a century. Ypres, 1915 by Gilbert Rogers is now on show at IWM North, part of Imperial War Museums, … Continue reading

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Real life in the trenches of World War I

Lieutenant Hugh Butterworth, 9th Battalion, Rifle Brigade writes home on 10 June 1915. ‘Men look fearsome ruffians in the trenches. The water is bad for shaving, as if you cut yourself you may get a bit poisoned, so they mostly … Continue reading

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