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Rev. George Smissen MC

George Smissen is no ordinary hero: in many ways he can be ranked up there with with some better-known Chaplains of the British Army such as Tubby Clayton and G.A. Studdert Kennedy. George was no stranger…


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Frank Hubert Wilson

This whole site is dedicated to the memory of Frank Hubert Wilson. Frank was born in Birmingham in September 1879. At the time of the Great War, he was married and living at 1 Back of…


Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse VC

This page is dedicated to the memory of Noel Godfrey Chavasse, Captain, Royal Army Medical Corps, attached the 1/10th King’s (Liverpool Regiment), the Liverpool Scottish. One of just three men to have been twice awarded the…


Are you looking for medals?

Medals basics For soldiers below commissioned rank (that is, they were not officers) all campaign medals were automatically issued to the medal earner or, if deceased, to the next of kin. They did not have to…


Why “The Long, Long Trail”?

Why is this site called “The Long, Long Trail”? It comes from the title and lyrics of a song of the Great War period, written by  Stoddard King and Alonzo “Zo” Elliot and is one…


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With the ASC Remounts – one man’s experience

Our friend Tony Lund kindly supplied this information. See more background on the ASC Remounts Service Boer War veteran James McKenzie was a reservist in 1914. He was mobilised and sent to serve with the…


The 1940 fire at Arnside Street

It is widely known that the majority of British WW1 soldier’s army service records went up in smoke when the War Office warehouse (the Army Records Centre) where they were stored was hit by a…



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British Army Stationery Services

The Army’s Printing and Stationery Service produced a series of technical appreciations and training manual pamphlets that were crucial to the development of military methods during the Great War. The original list has been painstakingly…