World War One

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 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 recently with a group of Harley Davidson motorcycle riders on The

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Olympics and The World Wars

I am not sure if the so called legacy of the London 2012 Olympics really happened; but it start me thinking about soldiers and the Olympics. Following the 1912 Summer Olympics, at which a young George S. Patton, later General Patton of World War Two fame, can fifth in the Modern Pentathlon, the 1916 Summer Olympics were to have been held in Berlin, the heart of the German

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The Great War Films & War Horse

The relationship between war and the film industry needs little explanation.  The war film has long been a favourite and was often Sunday afternoon entertainment on the telly – even if we did watch a film for the tenth time!  With titles like ‘The Eagle Has Landed’ and ‘A Bridge Too Far’ they have covered, and documented, most wars. From The American Indian Wars with

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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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In Search of a Grandfather on The Somme Battlefield

With the fast transport system, from England to France and Belgium, it is now so 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 sent soldiers who fought there, even today it is not always easy for their relatives to travel and visit the battlefields where their forefathers could

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A Grandson Returns to The Western Front

Mike Stokes had previously visited the location in Germany where his grandfather was interned as a Prisoner Of War. But, Mike wanted to visit the area in France where he was taken prisoner and go on a battlefield tour of The Western Front.  With this in mind Mike asked us to put a bespoke battlefield tour together for him. He knew that his Grandfather was in

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