The Men Who Came Home – A Memorial Part Five – ‘Per Ardua Ad Astra’

‘Through Adversity to the Stars’.  Royal Flying Corps mechanics at work, 1915.  Continue reading

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British Military Headstones – Personal Inscriptions No. 3

Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers.  Continue reading

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The Men Who Came Home – A Memorial Part Four – The Corps of Royal Engineers

Royal Engineers bridging a stream sometime in 1917.  Around 25,000 strong at the start of the war, the R.E. had expanded to well over 300,000 men by 1918.  Continue reading

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The Men Who Came Home – A Memorial Part Three – The Guards Regiments

Grenadier Guards reservists await their medical examinations in August 1914.  Continue reading

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British Military Headstones – Personal Inscriptions No. 2

The second in our sometime series looking at the personal inscriptions inscribed on headstones in British military cemeteries, this post features forty four epitaphs, the majority on the theme of remembrance.  Continue reading

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The Men Who Came Home – A Memorial Part Two – The Cavalry

British cavalry pictured at Nery during the retreat from Mons, the photograph probably taken on 1st September 1914.  Continue reading

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The Men Who Came Home – A Memorial Part One

So it’s a new year, and, thank heavens, 2020 is behind us.  Lots of interesting stuff coming this year, whether I manage to get across the Channel or not, because there are still loads of places I have visited that I have yet to feature on this site.  However, we begin with a very important post that, although short, has been a long time in the making.  This picture shows smiling Tommies at Fleurbaix in May 1916, in the weeks leading up to the Battle of Fromelles.  Every photograph of men such as these, at least for me, begs the question, somewhere in the back of my mind, as to the circumstances of their fate?  How many of these seven men survived the war? How many survived the upcoming battle?  Did any of them live happily ever after?  Continue reading

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