great war web-pages
At the beginning
of this month, I received warnings that my site had been hacked.
To remedy this, I have removed every file from the server.
This is a holding page, while I rebuild the site by uploading "clean" versions of every file, from my archived backups.
Please check back regularly. As the site grows again, this is where the new versions of the Contents Page will be found.
Look for the note NEW VERSION UPLOADED beside each article title to see which ones have been replaced to date.
|THE BATTLEFIELDS TODAY|
|Tom Morgan - The Armistice Clearing at Compiègne - NEW VERSION UPLOADED|
|Tom Morgan - Decisions at Potters Bar - The L31 Crash Site - NEW VERSION UPLOADED|
|Norman Thorpe, Rod Morris & Tom Morgan - The Thankful Villages - NEW VERSION UPLOADED|
| Mark Hone - School
Visits to the Battlefields, Then and Now
- NEW VERSION UPLOADED
Mark Hone considers the history of school battlefield visits against a background of his own 20-year experience of organising such tours for his school, Bury Grammar School.
|Ian Ronayne - Jersey's Forgotten War - NEW VERSION UPLOADED|
| Mark Gardiner (with help from Neil Mackenzie) - A
Tour of the Ypres Salient - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
In May 2007, two friends visited the battlefields around Ypres with the aim of calling at every British war cemetery within the Ypres Salient plus a few in the nearby areas - 170 in all. Their tour involved far more than just ticking cemeteries off on a list. They had previously researched at least one soldier for each cemetery, so each visit was an Act of Remembrance. Here is their diary.
|Peter Vince - Headwinds and Hangovers the diary of a bike-ride along the Western Front - NEW VERSION UPLOADED|
Charles Fair - Charles Fair's Battlefield Guide - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
|John Childs - Biking the Battlefields - NEW VERSION UPLOADED|
|Philip Eagles - Mystery Chateau? - NEW VERSION UPLOADED|
|Geoff Moran - The Gallipoli Campaign - Revisiting History - NEW VERSION UPLOADED|
|Jacky Platteeuw - At the Going Down of the Sun....- NEW VERSION UPLOADED|
|Jacky Platteeuw - The "Silent Cities" of the Ypres Salient - NEW VERSION UPLOADED|
SSgt. R. Longstaff - The Western Front Revisited - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
|WO2 R. Longstaff - Exercise Gallipoli Serpent - NEW VERSION UPLOADED|
Maurice Alexander - A Visit to Verdun - 1998 - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
|Maurice Alexander - 2002 - Verdun - The Return - NEW VERSION UPLOADED|
| Mark Abercromby -
in Australia's Footsteps" on the Western Front - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
|EXTENDED SERIES OF ARTICLES - "Sites within a Site"|
|Andrew Thornton - We had done All that was Expected of us (7 articles) - NEW VERSION UPLOADED|
|Tom Arnott - Canada (and "Red" Arnott) in the Great War (9 articles) - NEW VERSION UPLOADED|
|INDIVIDUAL LIVES - RESEARCH AND REMEMBRANCE|
| David Whithorn - A
Special Centenary -NEW VERSION UPLOADED
David's tribute to his uncle, Tom Young, written one hundred years to the day 'Uncle Tom' died in France.
| David Whithorn - 24
Hours of Research - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
Just to show that you don't necessarily have to buy an expensive set of medals to be launched onto the path of research. And sometimes you don't have to spend a lot of time over the research, either!
| Shane Cawley - The Hannon
Brothers in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers 1914-1918 - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
An account of two brothers' journeys through the war, researched from their individual service records and regimental movements during their active duty.
| Alan Tucker - Open
Warfare - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
The diary of Captain Arthur Impey, a Battery Officer of 79th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, from August 16th 1918, when he returned to France after being wounded in 1917, to November 11th 1918, the day of the Armistice. An excellent account of the last "Hundred Days" of the war, made even better by Alan's further articles, giving a background to people and events mentioned.
| John Anderson - David
Cruickshank - NEW
How a chance purchase at a French bric-a-brac market let to the discovery of one soldier's amazing adventure in the Great War.
| Alan Reed - The
Christmas Truce of 1914
- New Evidence from a Captain's Diary - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
A recently-discovered new eyewitness account of the famous truce.
Annette Burgoyne - The 1st
Bn. KSLI at Morteldje Estaminet - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
Annette Burgoyne, author of "The 6th Battalion King's Shropshire Light Infantry" tells the story of a little-known action which involved the 1st Battalion. This action may not get much of a mention in the history books, but it brought the battalion the highest praise.
| Kevin Patience - An East
African Victoria Cross - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
This article by Kevin Patience extends the site's sphere of interest beyond the Western Front and recounts an incident which took place in East Africa and which resulted in the posthumous award of a Victoria Cross. Kevin's account has appeared on the site before, but this updated version contains so much new information as to make it a new article.
| Michael Farrier - "On
HMS India, November 1914…" - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
Subtitled "A Personal Family Tragedy of the 1914 - '18 War" this is a family research story which started with an old postcard.
| Chris Basey
Edith Cavell - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
Thanks to Chris for writing this excellent account of the 2004 Act of Remembrance at Norwich Cathedral - not one of the best-known annual observances, but certainly one of the most poignant.
| Alastair H. Fraser - The
Identification of a German Soldier - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
While archaeologists were searching for "Wilfred Owen's Dugout" near Serre in 2003, for a BBC TV programme, the remains of two German soldiers were found. Here Alastair Fraser describes how one of them was positively identified.
| Conor Dodd - Captain
Joseph Edward Lynch - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
Conor Dodd tells the story of one of the many Irishman who fought and died while serving in English Regiments during the Great War.
| Conor Dodd - John
Vincent Holland V.C. - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
Continuing his researches into Irish soldiers, Conor Dodd tells the story of an Irish VC winner.
| Des Blackadder - Hanging
on the Old Barbed Wire - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
Commemorating 1st July, 2004 - the story of the The 12th Royal Irish Rifles (Central Antrims) and their attack on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.
| John Guy Gillbert - A Month
in Gallipoli - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
Written in 1964 and edited by Stephanie Horton, this is Lieut. Gillbert's memoir of his time in Gallipoli with the 6th Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment.
| Pat Phillips - One Son
Died of Wounds, 1919 - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
"One Son Died of Wounds, 1919" was a note beside a husband and wife's name on a handwritten family tree drawn up by Pat Phillips's grandmother. This sad little note moved Pat to find out more about this forgotten relative.
Rev. Dr. Daniel Hörnemann, OSB - A Human
Tragedy - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
Heinrich Plesker, buried in the German Cemetery at Langemark, was Daniel Hörnemann's Great-Uncle. Daniel's research led to this moving article.
Rev. Dr. Daniel Hörnemann, OSB - Those
They Longed For - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
The fate of the Brothers of the Benedictine Abbey at Gerleve, Germany, who went missing during their military service.
Rev. Dr. Daniel Hörnemann, OSB - One
Who Survived - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
As a follow-up to his excellent article about the Brothers of the Benedictine Abbey at Gerleve who died in the war, Daniel Hörnemann tells the story of one who came home again.
Rev. Dr. Daniel Hörnemann, OSB - Lest
We forget - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
Daniel Hörnemann's moving description of Gerleve Abbey's new memorial, dedicated to the memory of the 19 brothers who died as a result of war or accident between 1905 and 1987.
Rev. Dr. Daniel Hörnemann, OSB- Found at
Last - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
The search for a German victim of World War 1
Rev. Dr. Daniel Hörnemann, OSB - More
on Theodor Hörnemann - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
"I Only Hope This Terrible War Will End Soon!" This site already contains an article about Daniel Hörnemann's Great Uncle, Theodor. In this new article he is able to tell us more about the man, having discovered many of the letters and postcards written by and to him during the war.
| David Bluestein -
Roy Roswell Poulton - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
A very welcome account of the story behind another group of medals in David Bluestein's collection.
| David Bluestein -
Major Charles Blair-Wilson - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
Research following the purchase of a soldier's medals resulted in this article written in memory of a young and highly-regarded officer of the 42nd Battalion Royal Highlanders Of Canada CEF, killed in Action September 15, 1916 on the Somme.
| Linda Preston - A
Midnight Feast - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
How a young and hungry soldier "beat the system" and found his way to the hospital kitchen!
| Thomas Hutchinson
- T.F.T. -
Thomas Franklin Townsend - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
Completely re-written in the light of new research
| Bob Coulson - The
Knott Brothers - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
The story of two brothers, killed in action seventy miles apart, but reunited in death thanks to the efforts of their influential father, who ensured that they were buried side-by-side.
| Bob Coulson - The
Chaplain VCs of the Great War - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
Bob Coulson tells the stories of the three "Padres" or "Sky Pilots" who won the VC during the war.
| Bob Coulson - The Nine VCs
of the First Day on the Somme - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
Details of all nine VC winners and pictures of most of them.
| John Hartley - Robert
Brough - A Great-Uncle still in Belgium - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
Hanging on the wall near his computer, John Hartley has a photograph of his grandfather, Thomas Brough, among his comrades in "E" Company, 17th Battalion The Manchester Regiment. Until recently, he never suspected that his grandfather's brother, Robert, might also be in the photograph.
| John Hartley - Thomas
Brough - Private 9210 - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
Pte. Brough served in "A" Company, 17th Battalion The Manchester Regiment. John Hartley's research into the Great War serice of his Grandfather grew and grew until it had become an excellent account of his Battalion's service, too.
| John Hartley - An
Unlucky Soldier - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
Details of the career of Private Harry Eastwick, MS/1520 18th Anti-Aircraft Section, Army Service Corps
| John Hartley - Lost
and Found - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
Until he found out quite by chance, John Hartley didn't know he had a Great-Uncle who died in the war. The soldier didn't appear on any local war memorial, so he was almost lost for ever. But not now.
John Hartley - In
From The Cold - A Manchester at Gallipolli
- NEW VERSION UPLOADED
In his latest "Hellfire Corner" article, John Hartley tells the story of Sgt. Thomas Worthington, 1/6th Battalion, Manchester Regiment, who was killed at Gallipoli. John's research indicated that Sgt. Worthington was not commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The article's title, "In From the Cold", refers to John's decision to try to get this omission corrected..............
Eagles - The
8th August, 1918 -
NEW VERSION UPLOADED
In the early hours of the morning of the 8th of August 1918 a blanket of fog around the river Somme concealed a massive military force which was about to be unleashed. Two thousand British, Australian, Canadian and French cannon were deployed in a line stretching south-west from Hamel and north to and beyond the Somme.
Eagles - The
Essex Regiment at Langemark - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
In this article, Philip Eagles tells the story of his grandfather, who was a 21-year-old Lieutenant with the 1st Battalion, the Essex Regiment.
Eagles - Alfred
Lawrence Jessop -NEW
An article remembering Driver Jessop, of 101st Howitzer battery, Anzac Corps, written by his great-nephew, Philip Eagles.
Johnstone - Private
John Farrer - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
Remembering Pte. Farrer, of the Londale Battalion - 11th (Service) Battalion, the Border Regiment - who was killed in Action near Thiepval on 1st July, 1916.
| Andy Fisk - Sgt William
Falla, D.C.M. - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
This article is the result of Andy Fisk's research into the life of his relative Sgt. Falla, who served in the 1st Battalion, the Bedfordshire Regiment.
| Richard Racey - WW1 Escape
Recipe - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
(Stealth, Torn Trousers and Skinny-Dipping in the Dark) This is Richard Racey's edited version of his Father's Great War Diary, telling a story of capture nearYpres, imprisonment in a sucession of camps and, finally, escape to neutral Holland.
| Mike Neal - In
Search of a Lost Pal - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
As a teenager, Mike Neal was not particularly interested to learn that his Great Grandfather had been killed during the Great War. Later though, after 20 years in the army himself, he took a much more profound interest and the result is this excellent and moving piece of research and remembrance.
Frank Last (transcribed by Rick Riehl) - My War Diary
- NEW VERSION UPLOADED
Rick Riehl's transcription of Private Last' Diary. A most moving account of a very eventful time spent in battle and as a prisoner.
Frank Last (transcribed by Rick Riehl) Fini La
Guerre! - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
The story of Frank Last's journey home.
| Jon Toohey - Brothers
in Arms - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
The story of two brothers from Ireland, both of whome served in the war, and both of whom have no known grave. They are remembered on memorials to the missing, but a world apart.
| Andrew Wegg - Finding
a Lost Soul - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
The story of Andrew's research into the Great War service of his relative, Stanley Butwright, who was killed withing just a few weeks of his arrival in France.
| Chris Mills -
Ends - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
The charming story of Chris's journey in honour of his uncle, Pte. Ted Mills, of the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, along with his son - also called Ted Mills - to tie up some family Loose Ends.
Shepherd - Hubert
Gooding, M.M. - 1st Bn the Essex Regiment - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
This is Chris Shepherd's article based on his research into the life (and death at Cambrai) of his grandfather's uncle. Chris has used letters written home from the front to give a very moving insight into life at the Front.
Thornton - There's
a Long, Long Trail A-Winding - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
The story of Company Sergeant-Major William Thompson M.M of the North Staffordshire Regiment, researched by his great-grandson, Andrew Thornton.
| Tom Morgan - At the
Going Down of the Sun - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
Tom Morgan's article following research into the life Private Harry Woods, 1st. Bn. The Dorsetshire Regiment, who almost disappeared without trace in 1915. Just to show that you can't always find information, no matter how much you try!
| Earl Chapman - Jack
Chapman 1897-1918 - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
This is Earl's Memorial to his relative, who was born in England and who emigrated to Canada in 1911. Jack Chapman is one of more than 11,000 Canadians who have no known graves.
| Alex Deeley -
for Two Uncles - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
In this article Alex Deeley, a young Australian, remembers his two relatives who died in the war, one serving in the British Army and the other in the Australian Imperial Force.
| Geoff Moran - The
Diary of William Dick Stevens - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
This is Geoff Moran's well-edited version of the diary of an Australian soldier, from his departure for the war in 1915 to the time of his death at Pozieres, Somme, in 1916.
| Glenn Hyatt - Ollie
O.Olive - NEW VERSION UPLOADED
Glenn Hyatt saw this striking name on his local war memorial in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and simply had to find out more.
|Tom Oates - The Colonel's Runner - NEW VERSION UPLOADED|
|John Wright - No Known Grave - NEW VERSION UPLOADED|
|Chris Murphy - Albert Jacka -V.C., M.C. and Bar - NEW VERSION UPLOADED|
|Capt. Steve Newman, PPCLI - The Unknown Sergeant - NEW VERSION UPLOADED|
|Capt. Steve Newman, PPCLI - The Unknown Lieutenant - NEW VERSION UPLOADED|
|John Watts - Return to Cavalry Farm - NEW VERSION UPLOADED|
|John Watts & Martin Soilleux-Cardwell - "Striking I Defend" - NEW VERSION UPLOADED|
|Kyle Tallett - Pte. John (Jack) Clegg - Royal Marine Light Infantry - NEW VERSION UPLOADED|
|Peter Porteous - Transcription of the Diary of Private Harry Broun - NEW VERSION UPLOADED|
|Nicholas Lovell - The Five Victoria Cross winners of Bromsgrove School - NEW VERSION UPLOADED|
|GENERAL INTEREST ARTICLES|
|Tom Morgan - Dover, Louis Blériot and the Royal Flying Corps - NEW VERSION UPLOADED|
|Tom Morgan - The Great Zeppelin Raid of January 31st/February 1st, 1916 - NEW VERSION UPLOADED|
|Tom Morgan - Three Great War Burials - April, 1998 - NEW VERSION UPLOADED|
|Tom Morgan - The Burial of Pte. Russell Bosisto, 27th Bn. AIF - NEW VERSION UPLOADED|
|Tom Morgan - The Christmas Truce - 1914 - NEW VERSION UPLOADED|
|Tom Morgan - Vimy Ridge - the 80th Anniversary - NEW VERSION UPLOADED|
|Tom Morgan - The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (France)|
|Tom Morgan - The German Cemetery on Cannock Chase, Staffordshire|
|Martin Middlebrook - The Writing of The First Day on the Somme|
|Janine Lawrence - Doing Their Bit - the Voluntary Aid Detachment|
|Richard Mackay - The Royal Naval Submarine Service 1901-1918|
|John Duffell - A Town at War - Epping in 1915|
|Ian Livingston - North British Locomotive Company, Glasgow|
|Ian Livingston - 3rd Lanarkshire Rifle Volunteers Football Club|
|Robert Hoskins - Celtic Football Club and the Great War|
|Nicholas Saunders - Trench Art - Symbols and Memories of the Great War|
|Gary Butler - I Have Seen Sights Which No Man Should See|
|Harold Pollins - Jewish Soldiers in 1/17th Battalion, The London Regiment in the First World War|
|Harold Pollins - Jewish Officers in World War 1|
|Harold Pollins - The Rothschilds as Recruiters for Buckinghamshire|
|John Brandon - Private George Nugent - Discovery|
|John Sheen - Private George Nugent - Identification|
|Andrew Thornton - The Staffordshire Brigade at Wulverghem|
|Taff Gillingham - The Christmas Truce 1914 - 1999|
|Judith Lappin - The Machine Gun Corps Old Comrades' Association|
|Paul Reed - The Mark IV Tank discovered at Flesquieres with 2 updates|
|Terry Powell - Remembering July 1st., 1916, the Welsh at Mametz Wood|
|Lt. Col. E. R. Pratt OBE, MC - The Origin of a Fuse|
|Jack Cavanagh - Twenty Years on - Counting the Human Cost in 1938|
|Steve Wilson - Pip, Squeak and Wilfred|
|Tom Morgan - Who's Tom Morgan?|