Articles

Battlefield clearance and burial

Posted on

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 remains of British and  Commonwealth soldiers from the Great War battlefields; and some of the practical, psychological, social, and […]

Articles

The poppy as a symbol of remembrance

Posted on

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 Flanders Fields” It is often said that the origin of today’s use of the poppy as a symbol of remembrance […]

Articles

How to research a “mention in despatches”

Posted on

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 War Office, outlining the events since the previous despatch and listing those men who had been nominated as worthy of […]

Articles

Review of two Somme titles

Posted on

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 78303 051 4 Hardback 293 pages plus reading list and index. Illustrated Cover price £25.00 Of the hundreds of titles […]

Articles

“High Wood to Waterlot Farm”

Posted on

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 of the Somme in 1916. There is a wood at the top of a hill, – if it’s not shifted […]