The Worcesters at Gheluvelt: 31st October 1914

1914 saw the start of a conflict that was unlike any other up to the point in time. A war involving countries from around the world, pitting the largest European powers against each other. For the British, this manifested in the many months and years of fighting in France and Belgium, and other parts ofContinue reading “The Worcesters at Gheluvelt: 31st October 1914”

My favourite time to guide…

As a military historian, battlefield enthusiast and all-round history nerd(!) I take great pleasure in going to the Western Front with and without groups to discover new places and new stories. As a battlefield guide, I have spent many a rainy and windy day telling students about the First World War and hope to doContinue reading “My favourite time to guide…”

Part 3 of Portrayals of the First World War in Media: Beneath Hill 60

As part of an ongoing feature, every so often I will be watching a film, TV series or documentary and assessing how I feel is represents the First World War. I won’t be giving a complete run down of the media sources that I write about, but I hope to give an insight into theContinue reading “Part 3 of Portrayals of the First World War in Media: Beneath Hill 60”

The task continues…

Last week I wrote a post about a research task that I had set for myself during lockdown; to find out how many men from my town were killed during the First World War. Whilst carrying out this task, I found that four men were had received gallantry awards; two being awarded the Distinguished ConductContinue reading “The task continues…”

What happened during the First World War? – June

This post is the next in a series, giving a monthly overview of some of the key events that happened throughout the First World War. 1914 28th – The assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie by Gavrilo Princip. The Archduke and his wife were visiting Sarajevo in Bosnia when they wereContinue reading “What happened during the First World War? – June”

The ‘Silent Cities’ of the Western Front – Part 3

Welcome to Part 3 in my continuing series of cemeteries that have personal importance and significance to me. I hope you are enjoying this series of posts. If you have missed posts, you can find them in the My Blog section of the website. First on the list for this post is Aveluy Wood (LancashireContinue reading “The ‘Silent Cities’ of the Western Front – Part 3”

46th (North Midland) Division – A General History

The First World War has a very significant place in the collective memory of the United Kingdom, and other countries around the world for many reasons. One of those reasons being that ordinary young men who had never considered being in the armed forces before, were now enlisting in droves. The rapid expansion and recruitmentContinue reading “46th (North Midland) Division – A General History”

The ‘Silent Cities’ of the Western Front – Part 2

Welcome to the second in the series of my favourite cemeteries of the Western Front.  As with the previous post, these are all cemeteries and memorials that are maintained by the CWGC who do a fantastic job all year round, making sure these sites are looked after in the right manner. If you haven’t already,Continue reading “The ‘Silent Cities’ of the Western Front – Part 2”

Life behind the trenches…

Contrary to popular belief, soldiers in the First World War did not spend all of their times fighting or in front line trenches. For the average soldier, he could expect to spend four days in the front line trenches, four days in support/reserve trenches, and four days out of the lines for rest and recuperation.Continue reading “Life behind the trenches…”

What happened during the First World War? – May

In this special monthly post, I will be highlighting key dates throughout the First World War. This post features the key events that happened during the month of May. 1915 7th – The sinking of the RMS Lusitania. In the autumn of 1914, the Royal Navy started a blockade preventing imports from getting to GermanyContinue reading “What happened during the First World War? – May”

Life in the trenches…

If you ask someone to tell you what they know about the First World War, one of the first things that comes up is ‘soldiers in trenches.’ The trenches are undoubtedly one of the key and defining elements of the period and there has been much written about them. This blog post will be aContinue reading “Life in the trenches…”