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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…

Ten Small Cemeteries not to Miss on the Western Front #BattlefieldTopTen

While we may not be travelling anywhere at this time, here is my list of ten cemeteries you may have missed while visiting the Western Front. All of them are small, with less than 100 graves, representing more intimate resting p…

My Great Great Grandfather, Pte Percy William Parsons

On my first battlefields trip with my school in 2009 we paid a special visit to Athies Communal Cemetery to visit the grave of my great great grandfather. My mum had printed me his information from the Commonwealth War Graves Co…