Today is the Autumn Equinox, which I refer to as Alban Elfed. So currently Damh the Bard is playing in the background and I am curled up on the couch with a blanket, crocheting. Later there will be baking, wine and candlelight.
Wilfred Owen is probably the best know of the WWI poets and his death, which occurred during the Allied attempt to retake the Sambre-Oise Canal just 8 days before the armistice was signed has come to symbolise the dreadful waste of war. Owen wrote the majority of his poems between August 1917 and September 1918. … More WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 50 – Smile, Smile, Smile
This is not a post about the unidentified soldier buried in Westminster Abbey on 11 November 1920. Instead it is about a man who survived the war and whose words were lost for almost a century only to be found in an attic in Hertfordshire in 2017. Allick Ellis – who was born in Norfolk … More WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 49 – Unknown Soldier
Originally posted on F Yeah History:
This week historian David Starkey, was quoted as saying: ‘ ‘The only chance I have of being on TV again is if I were very ugly. I think only old, ugly women can get on TV. Like Mary Beard,’ What a delight! But it may come as a surprise…
Marmite, most beloved of hounds, has taken her last walk. She has been with me, faithful and true, for 13 yrs 7 months and I will miss her more than words can say. You were the best dog a girl could be blessed with, darling one, and you will live in my heart forever.
A look at the major events in the conflict during July 1918: July 1st The US troop transport ship USS Covington is torpedoed by German submarine U-86 off Brest, France. July 3rd Turkish Sultan Mohammed V of the Ottoman Empire dies at the Yildiz Palace in Constantinople and is succeeded by his brother Mohammed VI. … More WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 48 – Another Month of War
and funnily enough I’m celebrating by writing! Although I’m currently working on a first draft of an Arthurian themed novel that’s been bouncing around in my head for years and now has decided its time has come I have also written something else today which I wanted to share. This poem is only on the … More Today is National Writing Day
Yet another post where I recommend you leave this blog and go and read something else! However this time it’s a book, rather than something else on the internet; Empires of the Dead by David Crane to be precise. Front and Back Cover of Empires of the Dead by David Crane If you’ve ever traversed … More WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 47 – The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Another post which is really just a pointer to a completely different website; this time one run by Veterans Affairs Canada. This link will take you to a page of the diary of Private Charles Robert Bottomley, who served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, for the month of May 1918. However the website holds not … More WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 46 – The War Diaries of Private Charles Bottomley
On the 1 April 1918 the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service merged to form the Royal Air Force. Since there were a significant number of women working in both of those organisations there was a need for a separate women’s air service so the Women’s Royal Air Force was also formed on … More WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 45 – 100 years of the RAF and the Death of a Legend