Monthly Archives: May 2015

Moss, A Wounded Soldier’s Best Friend

Sphagnum moss has been used to dress wounds since ancient times. It has antibiotic properties because it naturally produces an acid and has an amazing ability to hold liquid; about 20 times its own weight. Dried and used to fill … Continue reading

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Britain’s Worst Rail Disaster

At 6.50 in the morning of May 22nd 1915, 100 years ago today, Britain suffered its worst rail crash. More than 200 people died in two crashes involving three trains on the Caledonian Railway at Quintinshill near Gretna in the … Continue reading

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‘Having a Chat’

Everybody knows and uses the phrase; ‘come and have a chat’, but would it be so popular if more people knew that it was a nickname for a body louse? Soldiers in the Napoleonic Wars referred to body lice as … Continue reading

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Mental Health Awareness Week: Psychological Wounds

Mental Health Awareness Week is an initiative set up to help end the stigma surrounding mental health. Today’s blog is looking at servicemen’s experiences of “shell-shock” in the First World War. Mental health was a taboo subject and largely seen … Continue reading

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The Shell Crisis

By early 1915, the War had settled into entrenched stalemate. The Western Front was a line of trenches stretching 475 miles from Nieuport in Belgium to the Swiss border. The only way for either side to break it seemed to … Continue reading

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Binge Drinking in the Ranks

Binge drinking is often depicted as a new phenomenon, a bad habit only indulged in by today’s youth. However, letters in the Record Office show that it was a serious problem for the armed forces during the First World War. … Continue reading

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British Parks and The First World War; A Talk in Derby

The Centre for Hidden Histories based at The University of Nottingham, is organising a public lecture on Wednesday 27th May 2015. Professor Paul Elliott, University of Derby will speak on ‘British Public Parks and the First World War: Recovering a … Continue reading

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Votes For All

Today, as you probably already know, is election day and the blog is taking a look at voting and how the War changed the laws. Also, how campaigns for political representation were affected by the War. SUFFRAGE DURING THE WAR … Continue reading

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In the Wake of The Lusitania

In the early days of the War, suspicion developed around German residents and anyone of German extraction. Many had lived and worked in Britain for years, married into British families and were well respected in their pre-war communities. Things got … Continue reading

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