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Vinter Brothers – The Final Journey

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If you have not already looked at the start of this Vinter Brothers story then I strongly urge you to do so. Click Here, to fully understand why Derek needed to take this very special battlefield tour. It had been a long journey for Derek in terms of time, from finding the Vinter brothers medals to re-uniting them with the family was over 30 years.  But the

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Search to Return a Military Medal

Just occasionally something in life comes along that you really want to get your teeth into and offer to help someone.  This happen last summer following a telephone call from our local radio station, BBC Radio Lincolnshire.  I am no stranger to the radio station and often help with World War One stories and on the 70th anniversary of D Day had a full morning

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A Moment to Remember on The Somme

Over the years some people have questioned remembrance, and the wearing of a poppy, saying we are Glorifying War To us all it is worth remembering that Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day, are not about war but the people who fought in war and paid the ultimate sacrifice, or were so badly injured there wounds haunted them year in year out for the rest of their

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In Search of a Victoria Cross

Many of you who have travelled to the battlefield of France and Belgium with me will know that if is there is one thing I hope you take away it is that you will forever remember the men who paid the ultimate price.  A charity that will not let us forget and works hard to help us remember with its good work is The Victoria

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In Search of the World War One Poets

My interest in World War One was most significantly ignited by having to read at University the outstanding poetry by men such as the famous Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. I was compelled by stories referring to the ‘monstrous anger of the guns’(1), and the men ‘drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots of gas-shells dropping softly behind.(2)’ The interest soon turned into a

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A Grandson Returns to The Western Front – Again

You may have seen our news article about Mike Stokes travelling to find the place where his grandfather was taken Prisoner of War in 1918 (full story by Clicking Here) so moved by his experience he has visited again; read the account below in Mike’s own words. To read Ambers, Mike’s daughters account of this battlefield tour Click Here. The problem with Matt Limb Battlefield

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A Grandfather’s Diary Returns to The Somme

Taking people on battlefield tours is enormously rewarding; to help a modern day generation ‘contact’ a distant relative who fought in a past conflict, is still the highlight of many a battlefield tour. It allows you to reach out and ‘touch’ a piece of family history and answers many questions. I had such a moment lately with a group of Harley Davidson motorcycle riders on

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The Last Know Veteran of World War One Dies

It is with great sadness that recently the last know surviving veteran of World War One, Claude Choules, died at the age of 110. Many of us will identify with Harry Patch who died in 2009, as the last known ‘Tommy’ to fight in the trenches of World War One; but Claude Choules is now seen as the last of his generation. His passing sees a

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A Proud Town – Royal Wootton Bassett

I am sure that all our UK based readers, and many of our overseas readers, will have been moved at the warmth and respect shown by the town, and people,of Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire. For the past decade, this small town has became famous for informal tributes during military repatriation processions; the funeral processions pass through the town from nearby RAF Lyneham, and such tributes

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Wonder & Awe at the Normandy Battlefield

The motivation and drive for doing a battlefield tour can be varied and for many reasons; to visit the campaigns and battles of past family members; to pay respect to the deeds of past generations of soldiers and to look where your own regiment, or brigade, took part in key actions are some. But, recently I had a most enjoyable battlefield tour to Normandy with

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