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Two officers killed accidentally by sentry

Several newspapers included details of a tragic story from an inquest held at a Police Court on Monday 25 January 1915. This example is from the “Manchester Evening News”: Harris was charged with causing the death…


Lives lost from the “Manitou”, 16 April 1915

On 17 April 1915, the British ship “Manitou”, carrying 147th Brigade of the Royal Field Artillery and the transport section of the 2nd Battalion of the South Wales Borderers, was approached by the Ottoman Turkish…


Tragic incident at Crouy, 1 July 1918

This page records the events of a dreadful incident that occurred on 1 July 1918, many miles behind the trenches of the Western Front. It involves the 7th Cavalry Brigade. The case is also noteworthy…


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An unknown soldier known once more

Missing in action Private 275314 William Neville Arthur of the 3rd Battalion of the London Regiment, who had been posted to serve with the 23rd (Service) Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers, was declared as “missing…




What were VDH and DAH?

VDH and DAH are two acronyms that are often seen in men’s army service records. They both relate to heart trouble. VDH means valvular disease of the heart. It is the more serious of the…



Battlefield clearance and burial

This article was written by Peter Hodgkinson for the University of Birmingham’s Journal of First World War Studies and is reproduced here with his kind permission. It examines the process of the clearance and burial of…