Victoria Cross Review 1956

| December 20, 2023

Queen Reviews Men of Valour, 1956. British Pathé For Valour For the Victoria Cross centenary Queen Elizabeth II reviewed an assembly of 300 men who held the nation’s and Commonwealth’s highest honour – the Victoria Cross. The review, conducted at Hyde Park, London 26 June 1956 respected the first presentations of the awards by Queen […]

Peace

| November 10, 2023

Le Francport: 5:45 a.m. The signature at this place…at this time…near to Compiènge went into effect at 11:00 a.m. marking an armistice between warring nations. The document signed by French Marshal Ferdinand Foch was only the beginning as this day, 11 November 1918, though a peace was not a formal surrender with Germany. Prior to […]

What Will You Do For Us Afterwards?

| October 29, 2023

Returned Soldier Writes of Ghosts Too often the loser in that struggle was the ex-soldier, reduced to plead[ing] hopelessly with soul-less powers who renege their promises made, who grind these broken veterans to starvation, shame and suicide. (Will R. Bird M.M. (Returned Soldier) in Death So Noble, J. Vance, p. 119) William Richard Bird was a […]

Back to the Somme: Part 6

| August 31, 2023

Delicate Hope Its been a long while…our last visit to the Somme. This day we end our Somme series (for the time being)…no doubt there will be a return. The last actual walk was August 2018 – a drive from Ypres to the Somme with friends and family…Rosemary…at long last has learned why this ground […]

Back to the Somme: Part 5

| July 30, 2023

Remembrance on the Somme A visit to the Commonwealth War Graves website begins Close to 150,000 Commonwealth casualties are buried in close to 350 sites on the Somme. They range from large cemeteries with thousands of graves to individual graves in churchyards and burial grounds. There are eight memorials to the missing of the Battle […]