Monthly Archives: April 2015

Drink is doing us more damage in the War than all the German Submarines put together

The following are again extracts from Hansard, it is a fantastic mine of interesting, prime source information. On this day 100 years ago, Lloyd George was sorely tested by the problems of alcohol and the effect it was having on … Continue reading

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Women’s International Congress for Peace & Freedom

On this day; 28th April 1915, a peace conference was convened in the Hague, Holland, at a time when the warring sides were, quite literally, entrenched in bloody conflict. Women from around the world gathered to promote the idea of … Continue reading

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What do Churchill, Torpedoes and the Sound of Music have in common?

The German U-boat campaign had a devastating effect, not only on shipping, but psychologically with the British people. U-boats also throw up some famous names and incredible stories.u-boat 2 On the night of 27 April 1915, 15 miles off the … Continue reading

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Gas! Gas!

Today marks the centenary of the first use of poisonous gas in the First World War, at the Second Battle of Ypres. At about five o’clock in the evening of the 22nd April 1915, French soldiers in Ypres saw a … Continue reading

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The Foresters in Gallipoli

When people think of the First World War they usually imagine mud and water logged trenches in Flanders. However, theatres of war were all over the globe. Tomorrow, 25th April, is ANZAC Day; Australia and New Zealand Army Corps, a … Continue reading

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Girl Power During the First World War

You may have already heard of the Gell‘s. The family were prominent historical figures in Derbyshire and can be traced back as far as the reign of Elizabeth I. The current descendants still own Hopton Hall near Wirksworth. They played … Continue reading

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National Egg Collection

During the First World War there were many collections to help the wounded that were brought back from combat. These were not always monetary donations. Many people donated practical items such as food. One example of this appeared in the … Continue reading

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