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'Something Doing Every Night': A Soldiers' Haven in Cairo

Throughout the First World War thousands of Australian soldiers disembarked in Egypt for their first taste of army life. After a month travelling by ship, the land they arrived in was one of great excitement and freedom, where th…

'Put Your Trust in God': National Days of Prayer in the Two World Wars

This week in the House of Commons DUP Member of Parliament Jim Shannon called for a National Day of Prayer in recognition of the Covid-19 pandemic. He's not the first to do so: similar calls were made when Britain first locke…

WW1 Wiltshire Part One: Codford & Larkhill

Facing a year without my usual battlefields tours, earlier in the Summer I decided instead on a more local history trip. I headed down to Wiltshire to explore areas of Cranborne Chase AONB that had played host to army camps durin…

DPhil Diaries Twelve: A Week in the Life (Back to the Library!)

Hello! Welcome back to my blog! It really wasn't my intention to take such a break from posting, but over the summer months of semi-lockdown I've been feeling really unmotivated with writing of all kinds. Whenever I'm…

Geoffrey Malins and the Battle to Film the Somme

Just before Zero Hour on 1st July 1916, thousands of soldiers stood in wait, ready to go over the top in the much-anticipated Big Push. They fixed their bayonets and readied their rifles, awaiting the sound of the whistle to s…

The 19th Division's Battle of Messines, A Battlefield Route

Today marks the anniversary of the Battle of Messines, a battle I have always had a particular interest in. One of my most distinct memories from my first battlefields tour aged 13 is standing on the Messines Ridge between Spa…