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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




Review of two Somme titles

A review of two books on the 1916 Battle of the Somme by the prolific military author Andrew Rawson. The Somme campaign by Andrew Rawson Published by Pen & Sword Military, 2014 ISBN 978 1…


“High Wood to Waterlot Farm”

Set to the tune of “Chalk Farm to Camberwell Green” (tune), this ditty was written by Lieutenant Alan Mackintosh, 1/5th Seaforth Highlanders. It reflected his experiences of the fighting at High Wood during the Battle…


“On the road from Pop. to Ypres”

“The Ration Carriers” by “DHR”, published in The Wipers Times, or Salient News, No 1 Volume 1, Saturday 12th February 1916. A poem to remember if you are thinking about a man who served in…