Filed under World War I

Only Australia Was Spared

My favourite grave in Bristol is that of the Humpage family, the father an inventor, the grave shows a column with piping and bolts that can be unscrewed. A man I used to know grew up there and he used to play on this grave, pretending it was a ship and when his mother called … Continue reading

Not a Halt, More a Pause

This is the final article in the I newspaper’s series on the centenary of World War I. This is by Boyd Tonkin: “Five times decorated for bravery, a corporal of the 16th Bavarian Reserve Infantry learnt about Germany’s defeat while convalescing in a military hospital at Pasewalk in Pomerania. A month earlier, the British had … Continue reading

Negotiating the End

This is the penultimate piece on World War I from the I newspaper, by their French correspondent John Lichfield: ON 8 November 1918, 2 trains came to a halt in adjoining idings at Rethondes in the forest of Campiegne, 40 miles north fo Paris. One, formerly the imperial train of Emperor Napoleon III, contained German … Continue reading

Raining Corpses

This is another installment in the wonderful series in the i newspaper to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, by Jonathan Brown: “Lottie Martin was not on shift that hot, Monday evening. The window was open at her home in Greyhound Yard, Beeston, Nottingham, and the 19-year-old was doing the … Continue reading

The Birth of the Landship

This is from the i newspaper, with another reason for the ending of the Second World War: “The tank was the British military’s response to the stalemate of trench warfate. Winston Churchill, then First Lord of the Admiralty, was an early supporter of the idea, setting a committee to look into it in February 1915. … Continue reading

Healing With Words

This is great am article on The Great War on the I paper by Cahal Milmo: ‘For several days early on 1917, May Bradford sat beside Corporal George Pendlebury in a British Field hospital on France, comforting him and writing to his family as he edged towards death By the time he succumbed to pneumonia, … Continue reading

The Bravery of a So-Called Coward

With the centenary of the start of the Great War, and the commemoration of the heroism of the fighters, it is also a time to commemorate another brave group: the conscientious objectors, often inspired by their religious faith, obeying the words of the bible, even prepared to die for their beliefs when the rest of … Continue reading