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Did Grandad Crew a Landship at Flers Courcellette?

Flers Courcellette was an insignificant backwater in France and played a small part of the battles of the Somme, but what made it momentous was the unveiling of the British Army’s secret weapon, the battle tank. General Haig, the British Commander-in-Chief, was...

Death and the Victorians

Today we find the subject of death scary and don’t know how to deal with it or how to grieve. But go back a few generations and our ancestors were much more forthright. They lived surrounded by death; infant mortality was horrendous, there were no antibiotics,...

Remember Bobby

I would like to tell you about Grannie’s cousin Bobby and how we nearly lost him twice. Bobby was Company Sergeant Robert Hamilton D.C.M. M.M. and was killed in action on the 23rd March 1918, aged just 22. In the three years from him joining up at 19 to his death, he...

The Battle of the Somme

The Battle of the Somme took place in Northern France. You can read more in depth about it here: The Somme. The main reason for the battle was to relieve the French army who were suffering a severe German onslaught at Verdun. The great majority of Empire troops were...

Grandad’s Badges

My ‘family treasures’ are my grandfather’s cap badges from when he served as a Lance Sargeant in the 11th Royal Irish Rifles of the 109th Brigade of the 36th Ulster Division during World War One. After his death, both badges were left to my dad and...