Finding 'The Dairy': Locating the YMCA's Huts in the Ypres Salient

At the height of the Third Battle of Ypres in late 1917, there were more than 80 YMCA huts located in the Ypres Salient, meaning that there was on average one establishment every three kilometres. The Association worked hard t…

DPhil Diaries Nine: Turning Over a New Leaf

Happy New Year! The beginning of a new decade feels as good a time as any to get back into the swing of blogging and return to posting here regularly. The past few months have been a busy whirlwind of college life but amongs…

My Top Ten Places to Visit in Ypres

Following on from my recent post of my top ten places to visit on the Somme battlefields, this post looks at the must-see places in the Ypres Salient. I'm sure to have missed several important places, so tell me your sug…

Book Review: Men of War, by Jessica Meyer

Men of War: Masculinity and the First World War in Britain by Jessica Meyer, (Palgrave, 2008) A couple of years ago I went through a phase of reading a number of First World War books all based on "bringing to life&qu…

My Top Ten Places to Visit on the Somme #BattlefieldTopTen

In the first of a new series for my blog, this article looks at ten of the must-visit places for any battlefield tourist going to the Somme. As with any list, there are sure to be interesting places I miss off. Add your own in…

"Duty Nobly Done" - Inscribing Meaning to the First World War

When visiting the battlefields, one of the things I find most interesting to look out for in the cemeteries is the choice of inscriptions on the headstones, selected by the soldiers' families. As expected, themes of love a…