DPhil Diaries Ten: Exciting Times

January turned out to be a surprisingly big and important month for me. After a refreshing Christmas break, I managed to shake off the negativity I had with work and make some really good progress with both writing and researc…

Captain JT Blount-Dinwiddie, Man of Empire

When James Travers Blount-Dinwiddie was born in Dumfries on 25th April 1891, he appeared the typical middle class boy. His father, also James, was a writer to Her Majesty's Signet, as a Scottish solicitor. Despite his deat…

Victims of Optimism: The Wipers Times

Following on from last week's post about 1917 and lots of general discussion I've seen recently about war films and their value to both history and cinema, I this week decided to re-watch my all time favourite First Wo…

1917 and the Wayfaring Stranger

Warning: Spoilers Ahead Last night I saw the new hit film 1917. I went into it both excited to see a film about 'my' period of history, but also a little concerned about being too invested in the film's context. I…

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…