Tag Archives: 1916

Second lieutenant Robert Butler Nivison, 21st KRRC

Walking through Hampstead Cemetery in London this week I saw a memorial to Sir Robert Nivison, 1st Baron Glendyne of Sanduhan, his wife Jane and their son, Robert Butler. Sir Robert Nivison was a well-known banker and stockbroker, whose company, … Continue reading

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A commanding officer who fell while leading his men on 1 July 1916

Lieutenant colonel William Lyle was one of the most senior British officers killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme – 1 July 1916. He was commanding the 23rd Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers (4th Tyneside Scottish) which suffered … Continue reading

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World War I losses link French and English villages

The inhabitants of the French village of Fromelles have decided to start an association to create links with the Buckinghamshire village of the Lee. Newspaper La Voix du Nord Nine reports that nine soldiers from the Lee died in the … Continue reading

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Museum of Army Flying opens World War I exhibition

The Museum of Army Flying is showcasing an exhibition entitled The Last Post: Remembering the First World War. The exhibits explore World War I communications, the Post Office and its impact on war and home fronts. Items on display include … Continue reading

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World War I artillery guns found on Salisbury Plain

Historians searching for the wreckage of a World War II German aircraft have discovered the remains of two World War I 15-pounder field guns. The guns were probably used as targets during World War II training exercises. The Daily Mail … Continue reading

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Hislop and Palin join forces on Wipers Times film

Michael Palin is to star in a BBC Two film about a satirical magazine published during World War I, reports chortle.co.uk. The film, The Wipers Times, has been written by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman and is based on the … Continue reading

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Two World War I brothers commemorated in East London

Tucked away at the back of churchyard in east London is this gravestone that tells the sad story of how a widowed mother lost two of her sons in World War I. Edmund John Thorogood was a gunner in the … Continue reading

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Kings Liverpool Regiment soldier reinterred in Swinton

A First World war soldier from Swinton, Lancashire, has been reinterred, after his original burial site was scheduled to become the site of a supermarket. Private Wilbraham Lomax Blears (23) of 13th Battalion the Kings Liverpool Regiment died from the … Continue reading

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Hessett war memorial, Suffolk

St Ethelbert’s church in Hessett, Suffolk, dates back to the 15th century and is famous for its medieval wallpaintings. Outside the church is a war memorial for the First World War with 14 names on it. Seven of these fell … Continue reading

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Footballer and First World War VC winner Donald Bell

Second Lieutenant Donald Simpson Bell was the only professional footballer to be awarded the Victoria Cross in the First World War. A native of Harrogate, Yorkshire, he trained as a teacher at Westminster College, London, and was appointed assistant master … Continue reading

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