Tag Archives: 1917

Belgian memorial for Hertfordshire Regiment

The Hertfordshire Regiment will soon gain its first memorial outside the UK. The new monument will be constructed at the site of the 1st Battalion’s attack near St Julien on 31 July 1917 – the first day of the Battle … Continue reading

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Battle of Passchendaele commemorations 2017

The UK government has revealed its plans to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele (the Third Battle of Ypres). Passchendaele is perhaps associated with the most iconic and ghastly images of the First World War, with its drifting … Continue reading

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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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Historians rediscover missing British soldier

The grave of a missing First World War soldier has been discovered by historians in the north of England. Private Edward Pratt, of the Durham Light Infantry, was a former quarryman who fought at the battles of the Somme 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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A draft of reinforcements arrives at Ypres

Norman Gladden recalls how a new draft of men arrived at the 11th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers near Ypres in 1917. The battalion had suffered considerable casualties at the Battle of Messines on 7 June 1917. The nature of the new … Continue reading

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