W.V.S. Needs Your Help!

| February 26, 2023

The WVS Never Say No The Woman’s Voluntary Service (WVS) was founded by Stella Isaacs the Marchioness of Reading in 1938. Both the Times and the Observer newspapers cited two differing Great War services in her 1971 obituaries. The Times reporting her work with the British Red Cross Society and the Observer reporting her work […]

Candy Wrapper Connections

| January 29, 2023

Museums…Stories Such fun to have been on the road, at long last, taking the tube from Embankment to Lambeth North (London) for the walk to the Imperial War Museum. With each stride I am closer to their new exhibitions, eager to see new design, new content. I was not disappointed. As I wandered the open […]

We’re Here…London 2022

| December 24, 2022

At Long Last It was time to go…the last time, November 2019 and now three years later and after all the calamities of the world I was at long last back in London. I have been visiting this city since 1983…and part of this trip was to revisit and reconnect with a few of those […]

Canadian Scottish Stretcher Bearer on D-Day

| June 5, 2016

Sergeant William Garner Croix de Guerre avec Etoile De Bronze (France) On 6 June 1944 (D day) at COURSEULLES-sur-MER, France, K57764 Sergeant William GARNER, medical Sergeant 1st Battalion Canadian Scottish Regiment, landed with his unit on the beach amid heavy mortar and machine gun fire. Completely disregarding his own safety he began immediately to treat […]

Archival Film: Making the Victoria Cross

| April 30, 2016

Unpretentious Little Workshop: Hancocks the Manufacturer “After several submissions and amendments, designs submitted by Lord Panmure were approved and in March 1856 the war office instructed Hancocks to produce 106 Victoria Cross medals. A duty that the firm proudly upholds to the present day.” (Hancocks website) Thanks to British Pathé(via Youtube) for this small feature, […]