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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…



The poppy as a symbol of remembrance

The poppy is a familiar symbol of remembrance and has its origin in the First World War. It forms the core of fund-raising activity by the Royal British Legion. John Mcrae and his poem “In…



How to research a “mention in despatches”

What was a “mention”? The “mention in despatches” is the most junior form of recognition that was announced in the London Gazette. The Commanders-in-Chief of each theatre of war infrequently submitted a despatch to the…


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“Did you receive a Notice?”

The attestation form used when a man was voluntarily enlisting into the army included the question “Did you receive a Notice?” A copy of the Notice is shown below. Links Enlisting into the army