SECOND Lieutenant Hamish Mann’s death in 1917 during the Battle of Arras left his family so devastated that they could barely talk about him. His great-niece and great-nephew grew up knowing little about the man who died just after his 21st birthday on a French battlefield in the First World War. But an incredible discovery 100 years after his death has kept his memory alive — and will bring his writings from the frontline to a new generation. By chance, his relatives Rosemary and Robert Stewart found a cherrywood box containing his moving accounts of life on the frontline in their mum’s house and, along with author Jacquie Buttriss, they’ve turned it into a book. Jacquie explained: “When I saw it I was so impressed — I had never come across such a comprehensive collection of First World War writings, fresh from the trenches. And I just thought they were wonderful.” Hamish, from Edinburgh, joined the Black Watch shortly after his 18th birthday … [Read more...] about Edinburgh soldier who died in 1917 has lost WW1 writings turned into book after family make amazing discovery
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THE Duchess of Cambridge today paid a surprise visit to London's Imperial War Museum to look at letters from three brothers of her great-grandmother. All three of her relatives bravely fought and died in the First World War. Kate, 36, viewed the documents ahead of Armistice Day and met with historians, curators and another descendant of a WWI soldier. She looked at letters from Maurice, who died in 1915 aged 28, Lionel, who died in 1916 aged 24 and Francis, killed in 1917 aged 31 - all sons of her great-great-grandfather Francis Martineau Lupton. They were all killed in action during the conflict - with the two youngest dying within three days of each other. The documents form part of the museum's archive, which aims to detail the sacrifices made by families during the First World War. One of the letters sent from Maurice to his father in 1915, reads: "Lionel was here the day before yesterday for a bit, & I have seen him two or three times in the last few days.” Another, in … [Read more...] about Duchess of Cambridge pays surprise visit to Imperial War Museum to read poignant letters revealing deaths of three of her great-gran’s brother’s in WW1
CHRISTMAS Eve 1914, war has broken out and Sergeant John Kennedy is on stage jollying up the troops at the regimental concert. As they all sing lustily along with him to the words of the music hall classic I’m Not Particular, Kennedy and his men could have no idea of the horrors to come. Nor could he possibly foresee how he would later survive the slaughter of Gallipoli before being decorated for bravery on the most notorious killing fields of France and Flanders. Later, not even his wife and family would know anything about his decision to join up again in 1940 to fight the Nazis — aged 61 — before being evacuated amid the Miracle of Dunkirk. The incredible tale of courage is one of many being commemorated in the run-up to the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One on Armistice Day 1918. Military historian and author Paul Reed said: “The story of Sergeant John Kennedy is a truly unusual and remarkable one. “The increased … [Read more...] about John ‘Pop’ Kennedy served in the Boer War, fought at Gallipoli, The Somme and Ypres in WW1 – then came back aged 61 to serve at Dunkirk in WW2
World Verdun, the Somme, Passchendaele, Ypres, Belleau Wood—dozens of spots in northern France and Belgium have been forever seared into humanity’s collective memory by the horror of the First World War. Relatively run-of-the-mill villages, towns, forests, hills and rivers, brought to the world’s attention by the carnage that unfolded there. Where millions of men fought and died over miles and yards, willed on by loyalty to god, king and country. Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Amiens. In August 1918, the area around Amiens—a quaint, traditional northern French town—became the staging ground for the offensive that would mark the beginning of the end of the four-year war. A stunning victory for the Allies brought an end to trench warfare on the Western Front and set in motion a period of 100 days in which the German Empire’s will to fight on would finally collapse. A poppy is seen on the grave of Private J. J. Fautley of the … [Read more...] about Battle of Amiens: 100 Years on From ‘The Beginning of the End’ of WW1
THE Battle of the Somme was one of the bloodiest in Britain's history, lasting nearly five months. On July 1, 1916, brave British troops advanced but more than 400,000 died and 1.3 million were injured in the First World War battle. November 18, 2016 marked the 100th anniversary of the final day of the Battle of Somme, with a service of remembrance held in northern France. Around 2,000 guests gathered in Thiepval for the service, where a daily service has been held since July to mark the anniversary of every day of the battle. We reveal the history behind the 141-day offensive. Where was the Battle of the Somme? Fighting began along a 15-mile front near the River Somme in northern France. Around 100,000 British troops attempted to advance along the front to relieve the French Army fighting at Verdun and to weaken the German Army. However, the Allies were unable to break through German lines and for five months the British and French armies fought the Germans in a brutal battle of … [Read more...] about Who won the Battle of the Somme, where was it, what date did it end and how many people died?