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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 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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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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Footballer Wins a Victoria Cross

The first professional footballer soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross was “Donny” Bell.  Donald Simpson Bell was born on 3 December 1890 to Smith and Annie Bell, who resided in Queen’s Road, Harrogate, and attended Harrogate Grammar School.  He was married to Rhoda Bell. Before the war, he had been a footballer, and had played full-back as an amateur with Crystal Palace while training at

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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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In Search of a Grandfather

With the fast transport system, from England to France and Belgium, it is fairly easy to visit the battlefields of The Western Front from World War One. Nevertheless, it is also easy to forget that so many Commonwealth Countries soldiers fought there, and even today it is not easy for their relatives to travel and visit the battlefields where their forefathers could be found fighting

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