Alban Elfed

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.

WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 50 – Smile, Smile, Smile

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

WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 49 – Unknown Soldier

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

Farewell, Faithful Friend

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.  

WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 48 – Another Month of War

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

WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 47 – The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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

WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 46 – The War Diaries of Private Charles Bottomley

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

WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 45 – 100 years of the RAF and the Death of a Legend

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