Category World War 1

The death of a great Prime Minister

Three days ago I was telling the story of the 1st World War and the Prime Minister of the time.  Today we tell the story of another World War Prime Minister – Sir Winston Churchill –and his involvement in the first one and his control – and perhaps saving – the second one and his […]

Single men are required for the conflict.

It was on Thursday 27th January 1916 that Britain’s parliament passed the Military Service Act – an Act that introduced compulsory conscription for all single men between the ages of 18 and 41. The Great War was edging into its third year of conflict when British Prime Minister Herbert Asquith introduced the first military conscription […]

The story of a star begins

It was on the first day of this year – 1st January 2018 – that I wrote that it was on Friday 27th December 1901 in Schoneberg, a suburb of Berlin, that one Marie Magdalene Dietrich was born – the product of a privileged and conservative family – and a fact that she seemingly failed […]

In Flanders Fields

John McCrae is remembered for what is probably the best known and most popular of all First World War poetry.  It is believed that he was so moved by the death of his friend Lieutenant Alexis Helmet, who had been killed by a shell burst, and inspired by the profusion of wild poppies he could […]

The Victoria Cross and two brave and special Wednesdays

The Victoria Cross was introduced in Great Britain on Saturday 29th January 1856 by Queen Victoria. Its ‘role’ was to reward acts of valour during the Crimean War. The VC takes precedence over all other Orders, Decorations and Medals and may be awarded to a person of any rank in any service and to civilians […]

Friday 13th and a new ocean liner arrives in the USA

The RMS Lusitania, a British ocean liner, and briefly the world’s biggest ship, had been launched by the Cunard Line in 1906 – a time of fierce competition for the North Atlantic trade. On Sunday 8th September 1907 a crowd claimed to be of some 200,000 people had gathered to see her depart on her […]

A nurse at the Russian Front

One of the books on my shelf is ‘Nurse at the Russian Front’ – the diary of Florence Farmborough who went to Russia as a teacher of English to a surgeon’s daughters and became a nurse with the Russian army through the 1914-18 conflict. Her diary for this day – Monday 23rd August 1915 – […]