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Historian traces soldiers of Derbyshire and Yorkshire

An amateur historian has researched the lives and war records of hundreds of Yorkshire and Derbyshire men who fought and died in two world wars. The Sheffield Star reports how 45-year-old accountant Simon Goodwin has spent the past four years … Continue reading

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Butte de Warlencourt Centenary restoration plans

The Butte de Warlencourt, once a strongpoint in the German army’s defences on the Somme front, is set to be restored as a visitor attraction for the Centenary of World War I, reports the Daily Mail. The Western Front Association … 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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Interest in ANZAC Day grows in France

ANZAC Day, held every year on 25 April, and commemorating the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps’ (ANZAC) 1915 landing at Gallipoli, has an increasing resonance in France, reports France 24. More than 8,700 Australians died at Gallipoli, along with … 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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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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