Tag Archives: WW1

The Battle of Loos

Today marks the 97th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Loos, the British ‘big push’ of 1915. The battle was the first time some of Kitchener’s volunteers saw action – for many it would also be the last. … Continue reading

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Armistice Day in Ypres

Last November I travelled to Belgium with Leger Holidays on their ‘Armistice Day in Ypres’ tour. The reason for this was primarily to visit Tyne Cot for the first time, where my Great Great Uncle, William MacDuff, is commemorated. However … Continue reading

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Colonel HC Wylly

In carrying out research I am always looking for new sources to draw upon. The internet is a fantastic resource, and with websites such as Ancestry and the Great War Forum, a large amount of research can be done from … Continue reading

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May you sleep well in the earth of beautiful France

Corporal William Stuart Barnett, KIA 7.9.14 William Stuart Barnett was born in Sutton, Surrey, in 1892. His father, a jeweller and silversmith, died when he was just three years old. After leaving school William worked as a Pawnbroker’s assistant and … Continue reading

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Preparing for the Centenary

In a recent, rather rambling article for the Daily Mail, Max Hastings criticised the government’s apparent lack of interest (read: funding) in the centenary. However, I think that his assertion that “the British government is so eager to wash its … Continue reading

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First World War-related street names

Near where I work there is an ‘Arras Avenue’ and that got me wondering about how many other First World War-related street names there are in the country. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, the answer is, lots! According … Continue reading

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The Surrey Regiments in the First World War

The Surrey Regiments in the First World War My research into the men named on the Carshalton war memorial has focused quite heavily on the wartime experiences of the two Surrey regiments. 37 of the men from Carshalton who lost … Continue reading

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Searching for William MacDuff – Part 2

Having found out details of my great-great uncle William MacDuff’s war service, I was now keen to find out more information about how he had died. The 11th Border Regiment war diary entry for the day was very brief; more … Continue reading

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Searching for William MacDuff – Part 1

It was only in early 2008 that I found out that I had relatives who had served in World War One. After my grandmother died I belated decided to look at my family tree. My mother dug out a tattered … Continue reading

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Australia on the Western Front

What better way to kick off my blog than to talk about my recent visit to the Somme. Last time I went there I had the luxury of five days spent on the battlefields, walking the ground the troops attacked … Continue reading

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