WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 30 – War as drawn by man who illustrated Winnie the Pooh

I must admit that until I came across this book in my local bookshop I had no idea that E. H. Shepard, best know to us all as the man who illustrated A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh, had served in WWI, never mind that he’d drawn his way through the trenches (although that should have … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 30 – War as drawn by man who illustrated Winnie the Pooh

WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 27 – In Memory of One Who Fell

On 18th October 1916, exactly one hundred years ago, night had well and truly fallen over the Butte de Warlencourt when Sergeant Frederick Neville Woodger of “D” Coy, 3rd Regiment South African Infantry moved up to the front line, in the newly dug Pearse’s Trench at the base of the Butte. He would not see … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 27 – In Memory of One Who Fell

WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 26 – Another month of War

A look at the major events of the conflict during September 1916 September 1st Bulgaria declare war on Romania The British and Russian Governments conclude the “Sykes-Picot” agreement for the eventual partition of Asia Minor. September 2nd Fourteen Zeppelins raid England, dropping bombs from Gravesend, ast of London, to Peterborough. One Zepplin, Shutte-Lanz S.L. 11, … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 26 – Another month of War

WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 23 – On the Eve of Battle

On this night, one hundred years ago, men were packed into trenches and billets all along the battle front of the Somme. Overhead, shells continued to fly from the heavy artillery that had been pounding the German lines for weeks. This bombardment, their officers assured them, would destroy the barbed wire, the machine gun posts, … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 23 – On the Eve of Battle

WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 22 – Death of a Poet

On May 26, 1915, in a hospital in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, Julian Grenfell, then a Captain in the Royal Dragoons, died of the wounds he received on 13 May as he stood talking with other officers during operations near Ypres at Hooge . A splinter of shell which had landed near them hit him in the … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 22 – Death of a Poet

The Wipers Times – faithful reproduction of the fifth chapter of the Herlock Shomes serialisation – 8th May 1916

This chapter appeared in the second volume of The “New Church” Times  Herlock Shomes at it Again.                         SHOT IN THE CULVERT                                 FINAL INSTALMENT.                                 CHARACTERS: - Same as last week                         CHAPTER 6                 Sholmes and Co having arrived at their new sphere of action speedily got going again. Intha Pink seized his … Continue reading The Wipers Times – faithful reproduction of the fifth chapter of the Herlock Shomes serialisation – 8th May 1916

WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 21 – Another Month of War

A look at the major events of the conflict during April 2016 Saturday 1st British forces on the River Tigris renew their attempts to break Turkish lines and relieve the besieged garrison at Kut-al-Amara. Sunday 2nd More than 100 men and boys die in an explosion at the Explosives Loading Company munitions factory in Faversham, … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 21 – Another Month of War

The Wipers Times – faithful reproduction of the fifth chapter of the Herlock Shomes serialisation – 17th April 1916

This chapter appeared in the first volume of The “New Church” Times after Roberts & Pearson had been sent to Neuve Eglise. Herlock Shomes at it Again.                         CHARACTERS: - Same as last week                         CHAPTER 5 Snowflakes were falling heavily aroud Hordon Goose Farm, where we left Herlock with the fair Honoria. Breezy Bill, … Continue reading The Wipers Times – faithful reproduction of the fifth chapter of the Herlock Shomes serialisation – 17th April 1916

The Wipers Times – faithful reproduction of the fourth chapter of the Herlock Shomes serialisation – 20th March 2016

Herlock Shomes at it Again.                         CHARACTERS: - Same as last week                         CHAPTER 4 Returning to our friend Shomes who has, for some little time, been cooling his ardour in the Bec, during which period he has contrived to make the acquaintance of Honoria hi fair companion in distress. Breathing undying love and vowing … Continue reading The Wipers Times – faithful reproduction of the fourth chapter of the Herlock Shomes serialisation – 20th March 2016

WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 20 – Gas! Gas!

My Great-Uncle George was invalided home from WWI having been subject to a mustard gas attack. I don’t believe he ever spoke about what he experienced that day (and he died long before I was born) but I do know from what my Gran told me that his health, mobility and daily life were serious … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 20 – Gas! Gas!