Friday, 15 December 2017
BOOK REVIEW: “Tracing your Great War Ancestors: The Egypt and Palestine Campaigns – A Guide for family historians” by Stuart Hadaway, Pen & Sword Family History, Barnsley, Yorkshire, 2017.
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
Thursday, 16 November 2017
2 tablespoons of lard (if this is not going by sea you could use an alternative fat)
1 teaspoon each of cinnamon, mixed spice and cloves
8 ozs. Raisins or Craisins – soaked in Rum
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
3 cups of flour
Friday, 10 November 2017
Gifted violinist Hugh Gordon Langton, was born in London and studied the violin with some of the most famous music professors of the era. Like his father, Hugh was a Freemason.
David researched Hugh’s life story and was moved to compose a piece of music with a violin cadenza in honour of Hugh Gordon Langton. He has called the piece “Langton’s Theme” - David has written the score which includes a violin cadenza and is hoping it will be performed. Singer Lynne Fox produced a short video to accompany the music David composed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iOho4c_bJg&feature=player_embedded
For further information about David's composition, please contact David Windle on firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, 6 November 2017
REVIEW OF “PHOTOGRAPHING THE FALLEN: A WAR GRAVES PHOTOGRAPHER ON THE WESTERN FRONT” by Jeremy Gordon-Smith published by Pen & Sword, Barnsley, Yorkshire, UK in 2017
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
Cyril Kenneth Bird was born in London on 17th December 1887. His father was company director Arthur Bird, b. 1847 and his mother was Mary Bird, b.1852, nee Wheen. Cyril had a sister, Mary, born in 1885 He was educated at Cheltenham College and King’s College London, where he studied art at evening classes at the Regent Street Polytechnic College.
Cyril married Mary Holden Caldwell (b. 24th June 1889) on 16th September 1914 in Paddington, London.
Friday, 1 September 2017
I am reliably informed there will be some WW1 poems written by munitions workers and a chapter about local nurses. Definitely a must buy.
Friday, 26 May 2017
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
Book Review: “1001 Fantastic First World War Facts” by Scott Addington, published by Scott on Amazon – www.scottaddington.com
Scott starts by explaining how the First World War began – fact No. 14 tells us about the German Schlieffen Plan. As my Grandfather was an Old Contemptible with the Royal Field Artillery, I was particularly interested in No. 401 on page 53, which explains that a Captain John Patrick Denny of the Royal Field Artillery formed the Old Contemptibles Association for Veterans of the British Expeditionary Force in 1925.
On page 57, No. 445 explains Field Ambulances and Casualty Clearing Stations, while 454 reminds us that there were replica trenches dug in parks, etc. in various towns in Britain designed to show members of the public what the trench system was like. Visitors were shown round for a small entrance fee which raised money for the wounded.
A follow-up book is now available as a down-load from Scott’s website - 500 Fantastic First World War Facts and you can get to it via my website - www.scottaddington.com
Thursday, 4 May 2017
"Commemorating 1917" is an exhibition on display at The Wilfred Owen Story, Argyle Street, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 6AE, UK in 2017. Opening times are 11 am till 2 pm Tuesdays - Fridays and entry is free. If you plan to go please check with the website first so as there is someone to welcome you:http://www.wilfredowenstory.com/
Monday, 24 April 2017
The steamship S.S. “Ballarat” was a cargo and passenger liner built in 1911 by Caird & Company in Scotland for the P & O Company and sailed the route from Britain to Australia.
Monday, 17 April 2017
April 1917 was "the most disastrous month for British Merchant Shipping" due to Unrestricted Submarine Warfare
Two of the crew members of the SS “Donegal”, Archie Jewell and John Priest, were seasoned shipwreck survivors, having served on the RMS “Titanic” and survived her sinking on 15th April 1912. Archie Jewell had been one of Titanic's lookouts (although he was not on watch when she struck the iceberg) and John Priest was a stoker. John Priest had been on the liner RMS “Asturias” when she foundered on her maiden voyage in 1907, and on the RMS “Olympic” when she was damaged in a collision with HMS “Hawke” in 1911.