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

WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 17 – Christmas Wishes from the King

King George V's 1915 Christmas message to his troops was published on Christmas Morning in the Naval and Military Orders throughout the Empire. It was then shared with the nation in the The Times on 27th December 1915: Another Christmas finds all the resources of the Empire still engaged in war, and I desire to … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 17 – Christmas Wishes from the King

WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 15 – Another Month of War

A look at the major events of the conflict during October 1915. Saturday 2nd – The Greek Premier (Eleftherios Venizelos) asks the British and French to land troops at Salonika as soon as possible. Sunday 3rd – Germans recapture part of Hohenzollern Redoubt on the Western Front (which had been taken by the Allies in … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 15 – Another Month of War

WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 14 – Total Warfare and the Zeppelin

Peter Strasser was the Chief Commander of the German Imperial Navy Zeppelins during WWI and a fierce proponent of the idea that Total Warfare i.e. when a country was at war, everything became a target, including that countries general population. Strasser and the other proponents of Total Warfare thought that by focussing on non-traditional targets … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 14 – Total Warfare and the Zeppelin

WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 13 – The Munitionettes

I sat down this month intending to write a post about the women who spent the war surrounded by explosives and chemicals  - which turned their skins yellow, earning them the nickname of the Canaries, and caused many long term health issues - making the bullets and bombs that our Armies - at the various … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 13 – The Munitionettes

WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 12 – If the worst should happen.

On 17 July 1915, Winston Churchill felt the need to sit and write the following letter, which was then sealed in an envelope marked: To be sent to Mrs Churchill in the event of my death. Do not grieve for me too much. I am a spirit confident of my rights. Death is only an … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 12 – If the worst should happen.

WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 10 – Sinking of the Lusitania

  On May 1st 1915, RMS Lusitania, flying the British flag, set out from New York, bound for Liverpool. On May 7th 1915 she was torpedoed by a German U-Boat just off the coast of Southern Ireland in the Celtic Sea. The explosive breach of her hulk coupled with a second, internal, explosion moments later … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 10 – Sinking of the Lusitania

WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 9 – Gallipoli

I don’t think I can say anything about the anniversary of this disastrous campaign, which was masterminded by Winston Churchill, that hasn’t been said many times over in the past week, and far more eloquently than I could manage. That said, I simply can’t ignore the anniversary. So, as is often my want where emotional situations … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 9 – Gallipoli

WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 7 – A Month of War

For this post, I’m simply going to give you a run-down of the main events that occurred during February 1915, across all theatres of war. Where I've been able to track down photographs or illustrations of the events listed, I've included them with credit as to where I found them. 1 February A Turkish attack on … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 7 – A Month of War

WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 6 – Advice from Churchill

Yesterday the United Kindgom remembered the life and death of Winston Churchill. This is my small commemoration of a man who, rightly or wrongly, shaped the face and fate of my county in so many ways. When WWI broke out, Churchill was a member of the Cabinet, holding the position of First Lord of the … Continue reading WWI: Fifty two months, fifty two posts – 6 – Advice from Churchill