Review of “Time to remember”

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Time to remember: the journal of Lance Sergeant William Webb, October 1914-January 1916, 2nd Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment Seventh Division 1914-1918 by Gerald W. Buxton published by Helion & Company, 2016 ISBN 978 1 910777 34 3 Hardback, 184pp, illustrated, no index Cover price not stated but believed to be £25. This book took my […]

Review of “Last stand at Zandvoorde 1914”

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Last stand at Zandvoorde 1914: Lord Hugh Grosvenor’s noble sacrifice by Mike McBride published by Pen & Sword Military 2016 ISBN 978 1 47389 157 9 Hardback 226 pages plus bibliography, index. Illustrated. Cover price £19.99 The “last stand” of this book was made by diminished regiments of the Household Brigade, notably the 1st Life […]

Review of “The Flag”

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The flag: the story of Revd David Railton MC and the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior by Andrew Richards published by Casemate, 2017 ISBN 978 1 6100 447 1 Content: 250 pages plus appendix, end notes, bibliography, no index. Illustrated. Cover price £20 Reviewed by Chris Baker The name of Reverend David Railton MC will […]

Review of “A sturdy race of men”

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A sturdy race of men: 149 Brigade – a history of the Northumberland Fusiliers Territorial Battalions in the Great War by Alan Isaac Grint published by Pen & Sword Military in 2018 Hardback ISBN 978 1 52674 178 3 350 pages plus references, appendices and index. Illustrated. Cover price £25 Reviewed by Chris Baker Although […]

John Masefield’s Somme

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John Masefield (1878-1967) was already a well known and prize winning poet by the time of the Great War. After being rejected for service as a commissioned officer on medical grounds in 1914, he served in France and at Gallipoli with the Red Cross, the experience of which led him to write an acclaimed, if […]

The death of an officer’s servant

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This article is based on a tragic incident mentioned by James Edmund Henderson Neville, then a junior officer of the 2nd Battalion of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. He was aged 19 at the time. In his 1930 memoir “The war letters of an infantryman” Neville wrote: Letter to BHAN February 16th, 1917 Fricourt. […]

Casualty lists

What are these records? The casualty returns from units in the field were compiled into lists that were produced by the War Office and reproduced in many newspapers. They include the names of men killed, died of wounds, wounded or missing. They also included amendments: for example if a man once declared as missing was […]