Category World War i

East Anglia’s Nursing Martyr comes home

It was on Thursday 15th May 1919 that Edith Cavell’s body was eventually brought back from Brussels to England. The First World War heroine had been executed by firing squad in 1915 for helping Allied servicemen in German-occupied neutral Belgium to escape. After the war, moves were made to bring her back to England.  When […]

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 […]

One side of World War 1’s first 15 months.

When the First World War broke out the British Prime Minister was Herbert Henry Asquith, 1st Earl of Oxford and Asquith. Generally known as H. H. Asquith, he served as the Liberal Prime Minister from 1908 to 1916 – the last to lead that party in government without a coalition.  He had taken the United […]

this week offers shergar; conscription; a royal marriage; murder; execution; working wounded; st valentine’s day

A varied collection of stories this week for events in 1554, 1828, 1840, 1859,1916, 1983 and one day every year. Horse theft is followed by consciption and objection; peoples varied celebrations of a Royal marriage is followed by murder for the benefit of health. We also have a story that follows the death of a king. We end this week with jobs for the wounded from the Crimea and end with a kiss – or similar.