The Thistle…

| May 30, 2021

…which can sting if disturbed During the Great War the 25 battalions of the Royal Highlanders (Black Watch) lost 8,960 soldiers and more than 20,000 wounded. Their title, the Black Watch, is derived from the dark colour of their tartan and further honours the regiment’s original role as the watch of the Highlands. The regiment’s […]

All About Biscuits

| December 21, 2020

A Christmas Dardanelles Army Biscuit The four inch square number 4 Army standard biscuit, and other known varieties, were hard as a rock, made of whole wheat flour and lacked nutrients. The mostly loathed biscuit was produced during the Great War by British firms such as Huntley & Palmers, based in Reading. The biscuit could […]

From Here the Invader…

| November 7, 2019

Bornes du Front, Demarcatiepalen, Demarcation Stone On occasion, while wandering the hurt landscapes of France and Flanders the visitor will happen upon one of French sculptor, Paul Moreau-Vautheir’s demarcation stones introduced to this fractured landscape in 1921. Dotted intermittently along significant sites of the Western Front in France and Belgium, the stones are known to […]

Fabian Ware: Royal Automobile Club Volunteer

| November 3, 2019

Director of War Graves Registration Commission The Royal Automobile Club (RAC) was founded in 1897 and in August 1914 a group of RAC volunteers offered their services to the British Expeditionary Force (BEF). Known as the Royal Automobile Club Corps of Volunteer Motor Drivers, twenty-five RAC members were attached to the BEF. Using their own […]

Fine Cutlery and Rooms of Nations

| June 22, 2019

Il est plus facile de faire la guerre que la paix. It is far easier to make war than to make peace. Georges Clemenceau The Versailles Hotels Today the menu may include pumpkin soup, roasted sea bass, and “Taboureich” oysters together with Krug Grande Cuvée Champagne. Nearer to the time…of our interest…Filets de soles Jean-bart, […]