Tag Archives: Ypres

In the Footsteps of the 1st Queen’s

At the end of May I ventured once more to the battlefields of Flanders. There was no specific reason for my trip, more a desire to return after nearly nine months away, for what might be my only visit this … Continue reading

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The 1st Queen’s 1914 Star Medal Roll

It has been a while since I last posted on here but I’ve been trying to fit in my ongoing research into the 1st Battalion The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment) when time allows. One project I recently completed was … Continue reading

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‘This officer served his machine gun…until he had been shot five times’ – Jack Dimmer VC

A few years ago I worked for the London Borough of Merton. Based at the Civic Centre in Morden, for nearly two years every day I walked past a small plaque in the foyer to Lieutenant Colonel John Dimmer, VC. … Continue reading

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The Wipers Times

A new comedy drama starring Michael Palin is set to tell the true story of how troops during the Great War found a bout of humour on the battlefield using an abandoned printing press. Nina Koo-Seen-Lin takes a look at … Continue reading

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‘The Colonel’ – My Great Great Grandfather in the Black Watch

In previous posts I have written about my search for details of my Great Great uncle, William Brown MacDuff, who was killed in Belgium in December 1917. However as I started looking into my family tree in more detail, it … Continue reading

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February battlefield trip – part 1

I have recently returned from a three day trip to the battlefields of the Ypres salient and the Somme with Steve Garnett of Battlefront Exploration (www.battlefrontexploration.co.uk ; @bfXsteve on Twitter). I hope to post a couple of blog articles with … 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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