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Captain Noel Chavasse VC & Bar MC

Many of you will know about the most highly decorated soldier of World War One, William Harold Coltman VC, DCM & Bar, MM & Bar.  In turn, many have joined me as we have stood at the grave of the most highly decorated officer, Captain Noel Chavasse VC & Bar, MC, near Ypres in Belgium whilst reading the citation to what many have said is

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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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The Great War Medals – Pip Squeak & Wilfred

The Great War of 1914-18 was fought on a scale never before witnessed with casualties and damage beyond any war previous to it.  In military, social and economic terms it was immense, touching almost every single family with millions of people, military and for the first time civilian men and women, involved from Britain and all over her Empire. It was soon agreed that 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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The Somme an Allied Victory

The events of the early days of The Battle of The Somme are well recorded; in fact to read many articles & reports you would think The Somme was a defeat for the British and her Commonwealth armies. But this is not the case, it was a victory! All to often a report on the Battle of the Somme, which starts in July 1916, stops

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The Battle of The Somme 1916

In terms of British military history it would be a day like no other. 1st July 1916; Black Saturday for the British Army; The First Day on the Somme. By the end of the day over 57,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers would be casualties.   When the battle of The Somme started the war in Europe, known as The Great War, was almost two years

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The 30,000th Last Post Ceremony

Many of you who have joined me on a battlefield tour of World War One will have stood with me at The Menin Gate for the Last Post Ceremony.  It has always been a highlight and for most a very memorable event.  But recently they had one of the most memorable evenings ever as the ceremony was performed for the 30,000th time! Read this exclusive

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The Military Medal

The Military Medal (MM) was a military decoration for British and former Commonwealth forces awarded for bravery in battle on land with the following requirement – ‘for acts of gallantry and devotion to duty under fire’ The Medal was established on 25th  March 1916, but backdated to 1914 with the first award dated 1914.  The medal was discontinued in 1993. It was the other ranks’

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1914 Christmas Truce & Princess Mary Christmas Box

Much has been written about the Christmas Truce of World War One in 1914, some say it never happened as it was not correctly reported – but let us just think about that, would you as the Commanding Officer of a front line battalion write; today we stopped fighting and had a football match with the enemy, in no-man’s land, after exchanging gifts! The start

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Last Soldier to Die in World War One

Some recent research has thrown light on the last soldiers to be killed on 11 November 1918.  The research clearly shows that In the closing minutes of World War One, the 11:00 cease fire within touching distance, a handful of soldiers died. Just after 0500 on the morning of 11 November 1918, officials gathered in a railway carriage and signed a document which would in

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