Articles by Chris Baker

Review of “Long before daybreak”

Long before daybreak The rediscovered WW1 memoir of an art student’s survival in the trenches by Albert Clayton edited by Micah Duckworth published  independently by M J Duckworth paperback, 218 pages, illustrated, no index In…





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Mons-en-Chaussée then and now

Mons-en-Chaussée lies east of the River Somme, on the old Roman road to Saint-Quentin. It was captured by the British during their pursuit of the German strategic withdrawal from the Somme sector to the prepared…


German mine explodes at “Auchy Left” 6 May 1916

Background On 15 December 1915, the experienced regular unit, the 1st Battalion of the Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment), transferred to the newly arrived 100th Infantry Brigade of 33rd Division. Shortly afterwards, the division took…


Beuvry then and now

The photograph was taken on Rue Sadi Carnot in Beuvry, with the wagon heading southward away from the Église Saint-Martin parish church.



New Group War Group launches

Yesterday (8 September 2020) saw the launch of a new organisation. The group states that it “was founded as a non-profit organisation to promote education on, and commemoration of the First World War. Our approach…