Category First World War

John Readitt VC enlisted this day

This is the story of Private John Readitt VC – a member of The Duke of Lancaster Regiment in conflict; Manchester United football boots in business and Lancashire Infantry Museum in peace.  John Readitt was the Victoria Cross winner who looked after the football boots of Manchester United Football Club.  Born in Clayton, Manchester, in […]

A Nurse at the Russian Front

The name Florence Nightingale is well known the world over for her work in the Crimean War. Much less well known, but no less brave and committed, is Florence Farnborough – a nurse on the Russian Front in the 1914-18 conflict. The following is my precis of her diary of late January 1916. Florence and […]