Category World War 1

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 – […]

The Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France.

It was on Sunday 26th July 1936 that England’s King Edward VIII, in one of his few official duties before he abdicated the throne, officially unveiled the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France. Dedicated to the memory of the Canadian Expeditionary Force members killed during the First World War, it also serves as the place […]

An airplane crossed the English Channel

It was on Sunday 25th July 1909 that Louis Blériot became the first person to cross the English Channel in a airplane. Blériot was a graduate of the École Centrale in Paris who had met and married Alice Vedène while performing military service as a lieutenant of artillery. He had built up a modest fortune […]

A soldier on the Somme writes home

On the 2nd July I posted a short piece about the Battle of the Somme.  Just a little while later on Monday 10th July 1916 we have Raymond Asquith writing to his wife Katherine from the Western Front: ‘I agree with you about the utter senselessness of war, but I do not think about it […]

Sunday 2nd July 1916

Field Marshal Douglas Haig was a senior officer of the British Army who, during the First World War, commanded the British Expeditionary Force on the Western Front from late 1915 until the end of the war. This day – Sunday 2nd July 1916 – was the second day of the Battle of the Somme and […]