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Old soldiers of St Pancras cemetery, London

The CWGC section of the St Pancras cemetery in north London includes the headstones of a number of soldiers who were well into their forties and fifties when they died either in the final months of the First World War … 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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Research tells tale of First World War Leicestershire soldiers

The stories of fifteen Leicestershire soldiers have been unveiled on the website of the church where they once worshipped. Historical researcher Nigel Atter spent many hours finding out about the experience and fate of the men whose names appear on … Continue reading

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Appeal for Lost Gardens of Heligan Centenary performance

Cornwall’s Lost Gardens of Heligan and Wildworks Theatre Company have launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to sow a living stage made of poppies to mark the Centenary of the First World War. Heligan’s West Lawn has been ploughed … Continue reading

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British National Archives digitises World War I diaries

Britain’s National Archives has begun to digitise the more than 1.5 million pages of World War I diaries in its collection. Most of this comprises official diaries, recording the day-to-day activities of British army units during the war. They include … Continue reading

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Real World War I casualty figures may be much higher, says historians

More soldiers may have died in World War I than official records show and the numbers of veterans suffering shell shock was also hugely underestimated, suggest two leading historians. Antoine Prost, professor of history at the University of Paris, says … 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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