Tag Archives: Soldiers of the Great War

Life behind the lines in World War I

Norman Gladden, of the 11th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers, recalls the ordinary soldiers’ experience in an area behind the British lines near Ypres in 1917. ‘One day we marched to the Brigade Baths which had been set up in a small … Continue reading

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Archive lists Irish casualties of World War I

An archive that lists the 49,000 soldiers from the island of Ireland who died during World War I or as a result of wounds sustained during battle has been made available to the public. The archive, entitled Ireland’s Memorial Records, … 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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Letter home tells of dangers of Ypres in 1915

A letter home from lieutenant Hugh Butterworth of the 9th Battalion, Rifle Brigade. In it, he displays a characteristic joviality and dry wit despite the dangers of his situation. Trenches Sunday, June 20th, 1915. 3.15am What a night! We left … Continue reading

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Medal of Staffordshire Regiment soldier found in Midlands garden

A British gardening enthusiast has discovered two long-lost World War I medals in his potato patch. Roger Aston, of Smethwick in the West Midlands, found one German and one British medal. The latter was awarded to 33-year-old Private Francis Hubball, … Continue reading

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New Zealand WW1 commemoration plaque found in rubbish

Waste disposal contractors in New Zealand have recovered a World War I memorial plaque amid a pile of rubbish. The plaque commemorates private Ernest Wright, of 3rd Battalion, the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, who was killed in France on 23 … Continue reading

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Lieutenant Gerald David Lomax, Welch Regiment

Second Lieutenant David Lomax is commemorated on a brass plaque at St Marylebone Church, London NW1. It mentions that he was attached to the 2nd Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment, when he was mortally wounded at Fromelles in May 1915. It also … Continue reading

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