Wooden Crosses

| November 5, 2019

Next-of-kin who wish… HERE LIES Lord Edward B. Seymour, Lord Strathcona’s Horse Died of Wounds 5-12-17 Received in Action 2-12-17. Hand-written, black painted words and dates, upon a once white painted wooden cross, held by Holy Trinity Church, Arrow, Warwickshire. The cross, anchored to the wall above a decorative brass plaque also in Lord Seymour’s […]

Meanwhile…on the buses

| November 8, 2018

Lest We Forget The day begins with a walk to the National Army Museum [NAM]. Along the way a Poppy Appeal bus attracts my attention. Quickly the camera is out, but the bus changes course…we continue along our urban streetscape, pass by wreaths adorning shops, Chelsea Barracks and a remembrance display at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. […]

There are Places that Captivate Us

| May 13, 2017

The Nile Campaign 1884 – 1885 As we walk from Liverpool train station the blue-green figure of an officer on a stone plinth attracts us. Together we walk across the roadway and stand before Major General George Earle CB, CSI. Upon the plaque KIRBEKAN stands out from the text and my mind, for I have […]

Scotland and the Victoria Cross: The Indian Mutiny

| November 15, 2016

1857 – 1859 In all 182 soldiers were awarded the Victoria Cross for their actions during the Indian Mutiny. Of these recipients 31 were born in Scotland. Several other Victoria Crosses were awarded to soldiers serving with Scottish regiments though born elsewhere. The following records the Scottish-born recipients. Please note the numerous given spellings for […]

War Horse(s)

| November 26, 2011

I have read the story, seen its inspiration included in an exhibit at the Imperial War Museum, London and also watched the theatre production at the New London Theatre in Drury Lane. It is War Horse the story by Michael Morpurgo that has inspired so much discussion of the horse in war and the Great […]