Howitzer of the Somme

| April 30, 2022

Mother…Film… It takes a while…the penny drops…the pictures produce the synapses (the passing of messages to communicate). Having returned to 2005 I find my file of images for the 9.2 inch dazzle painted “gun” at the Imperial War Museum. Surely, at the time, I will do something with these? And surely I did…mind 17 years […]

Great War Honours to the Canadian Scottish

| February 27, 2022

1915 and the 16th Canadian Infantry Battalion Distinguished Service Order Major Gilbert Godson-Godson DSO London Gazette: 22 June 1915 Awarded on the occasion of His Majesty’s Birthday. No citation. Occupation: City of Vancouver. Department Head. Prior service: Second Boer War (Corps of Guides and South African Constabulary. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and Mentioned in […]

11 November (1918)…

| November 11, 2021

Private George Edwin Ellison L/12643 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers Son of James W. and Mary Ellison, George Ellison was born in York and raised in Leeds where today a memorial to him has been placed at Leeds Railway Station. The commemorative plaque, normally blue in colour, is olive green representing the British soldier uniform of […]

10 November (1914)…

| November 10, 2021

Private Harry Wilkinson 8850 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers Eternal Rest Give to Him O Lord and Let Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him…Harry Wilkinson…whose body was found in a Flanders field in 2000. Previously commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Harry now rests at Prowse Point Military Cemetery, Belgium, grave 1.A.7. along with 242 burials of his comrades. […]

9 November (1914)…

| November 9, 2021

Private Thomas Cordner 11254 Royal Irish Fusiliers We return to Strand Military Cemetery this day with the story of Thomas Cordner, a soldier who lost his life in attempting to save the life of his friend, Private William Hanvey. This is the tale of three Portadown men and sister Thomas’ sister Christina. Private Cordner’s story appears […]