WW1

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Arras Offensive - 1917 - ‘Bloody April R.I.P. - Temporary Lieutenant Alfred Joseph Etches - Private Thomas Stanley Freeman Etches Much of the acclaim for the successful achievements of the opening phase of the Arras Offensive can withou...

Bombardments in World War One The following are first hand quotes and diary extracts of artillery bombardments during the First World War. They are taken from Paul Allens book "Neath a foreign sky." Extract:1918 - They belched forth f...

Battle of Dogger Bank 1915 In January 1915 Admiral Beatty took part in a battle with the German navy and one of the German ships, the Bleucher was sunk. This was thought to be one of the ships which took part in the German raid on Scarborough so t...

Battle of the Falklands -1914 The bombardment of Scarborough was described as revenge for the battle off the Falklands on December 7th, 1914, just 9 days before the German raid on Scarborough. The following is a description of the battle of the Fa...

Acts of bravery in World War One The following are first hand quotes and diary extracts about acts of bravery during the First World War. They are taken from Paul Allens on-line book 'Neath a foreign sky' All these extracts help to bring t...

The Battle of Cambrai - World War One R.I.P. - Second Lieutenant George Russell Hutchinson - Private John Wright [Lancaster] - Private Clarence Fleming - Lance Corporal Thomas Craven Coverley - Flying Officer William Hugh Coverley - Private ...

Canadians take Passchendaele In Remembrance; -Private Herbert Portufield Fenby - Private Frank Manson - Private Charles Lancaster - Lieutenant Kenneth Glaisby And so ‘Third Wipers’ had continued. Before the onset of full-blown w...

The following story is based upon a real life account written by Forrest Frank based upon a story by Captain Henry Nicholson. These appeared in the Scarborough Daily Post in 1920 as part of the 'Sea Dogs' stories by Forrest Frank. ...W...

Scarborough seafaring casualties in World War One R.I.P. - Skipper Robert Heritage - Second Hand John Chamberlain Barker - Third Hand Arthur Houghton Wright - Chief Engineer Frederick Nathan Mills - Second Engineer James Robert Hunter - Deck...

A cavalry charge in World War One The following are first hand quotes and diary extracts of the cavalry in 1914. They are taken from Paul Allens book 'Neath a foreign sky.' Extract: Cavalry dismounted The Royal Horse Guards h...

Christmas and New Years Eve The following are first hand quotes from Paul Allens book 'Neath a foreign sky.' These all refer to Christmas and New Years Eve during World War One. They provide a social history of this period. A quit...

Destruction in World War One The following are first hand quotes and diary extracts about the massive destruction during the First World War. They are taken from Paul Allens book 'Neath a foreign sky.' Extract: It was impossible to bury...

First battle of Ypres 1914 - by Paul Allen R.I.P. - Second Lieutenant Dudley Luis Tavores Fernandes - Private Charles Allison - Lance Sergeant George Edward Newsome - Private Lewis Newsome - Private Walter Thompson - Private William Edward C...

1914 - ‘Private Jack’s Medals’ - "First Wipers" - By Paul Allen R.I.P. Private John Megginson By the end of ‘First Wipers’ during November 1914, the 2nd Battalion of the Yorkshire had been a mer...

1915 - Flanders & France - [July-December 1915] R.I.P. - Corporal George Robert Bolton - Sergeant Henry Allison - Private Joseph Samuel Young - Private John Edgar Young - Temporary Captain Humphrey Worthington Wilson - Private John Rober...

Flanders - World War One battle 1915 R.I.P. - Gunner James William Clarke - Gunner Joseph Rowbottom - Gunner George Robinson - Bombardier Tom Adamthwaite Carr - Lance Corporal Ernest Jackson - Private Thomas Harry - Private George Albert La...

The battle of Flanders June and July 1916 R.I.P. - Private William Earl Jarvis - Second Lieutenant William Andrew Turnbull - Private Robert Harland In the summer of 1916 the Territorial 5th Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment who were in pos...

The battle of Flers Courcelette 1916 - the Somme R.I.P. Private Thomas Johnson Mainprize Private Thomas Peacock Lance Sergeant George William Hogg Second Lieutenant Matthew Henry Fell Sergeant Herbert Gill Private Albert Costello Second L...

Gallipoli - "The Imperials" 1915 R.I.P. - Private Ernest Scott Petch - Private Edward Found - Lance Corporal Robert Green - Private Douglas Constable - Private Percy Lawty - Lance Corporal Horace Harding - Private Samuel Dixon - ...

The Colonials - Gallipoli 1915 R.I.P. Private Herbert Gladstone Howlett Sergeant Edmond Sleightholm Signaller Charles Sidney Simpson Private John Collier Trooper Allan Stephenson A little while before Britain had declared war on Germany in...

Sideshows of World War One The following are first hand quotes and diary extracts taken from Paul Allen's book 'Neath a foreign sky' Extract:Gallipoli A veteran of three years hard fighting with the Naval Division, Clarkson had ini...

The Royal Marines at Gavrelle R.I.P. - Private Harold Swalwell - Lance Corporal Wilfred Swalwell Virtually forgotten in the never ending saga of the First World War, Gavrelle, a small North Eastern French village positioned at the eastern end...

During World War One British Naval superiority helped them capture German colonies throughout the world. This story tells of one Scarborough sailors experience in China. This appeared in the Scarborough Pictorial on 30th December, 1914. SCARBR...

High Wood on the Somme 1916 R.I.P. - Captain Sidney Wheater Midway between Martinpuich and the neighbouring village of Flers stood High Wood. Known by the locals as the Bois Foucaux, the wood stood on a ridge scarcely a hundred feet high, it n...

Pozieres - Hill 160 - The battle of the somme Standing on a high ridge overlooking the British positions the heavily fortified village of Pozieres had been a thorn in the side of Fourth Army since the fourteenth of July. Nearly two weeks and mu...

The trawler Doris Burton and battleship HMS Formidable R.I.P. - Skipper John William Truefitt - Deckhand Robert Jowsey - First Mate Absolem Cave - Deckhand Robert Jowsey - Trimmer William Reynolds - Cook Thomas Leslie Harwood - Deckhand Joh...

Huge mines in World War One The following are first hand quotes and diary extracts relating to the use of mines in the Great War. They are taken from Paul Allens book 'Neath a foreign sky.' Extract: Huge mines The Somme July 1916 ...At ...

Battle of Jutland 1916 ‘Something appears to be wrong with our bloody ships today’R.I.P. - Able Seaman Edward Ruston Reed - Private Thomas William Reed - Stoker Thompson Allen Duncan - Stoker Robert Raine - Stoker Henry Charles Ta...

1914 - The death of the ‘live bait squadron’ R.I.P. - Leading Seaman Harry Wilson - Petty Officer Alfred Eaman - Leading Seaman Nicholas Odgers Whilst the Army had conducted its operations on land, the Royal Navy had been as equa...

Great war - machine gun fire The following are first hand quotes and diary extracts which mention machine guns in the First World War. They are taken from Paul Allens book 'Neath a foreign sky.' They help to bring to life the reality of li...

The battle of Jutland, 1916 - a personal account. from the June 16th edition of the Scarborough Mercury, 1916 MORE SCARBOROUGH SAILORS IN JUTLAND BATTLE - HEROIC DEEDS ON THE MALAYA Another Scarborough sailor at present on leave is Harry To...

Ypres - Menin Road Ridge - World War One In Remembrance of; - Private Arhthur Hougson Perryman - Private Harold Cappleman - Private John William Gowan - Corporal George Thompson - Private William White - Rifleman John Ellis - Gunner Walter ...

Casualties of the war in Mesopotamia In Remembrance of; - Private Walter Mawman - Private Richard Humfrays - Private Joseph Hurd - Private James Edwin Darling - Private Harold Mawman - Pioneer Albert Buckton Whittaker - Lieutenant John Lacy...

Minor operations in World War One R.I.P. - Second Lieutenant Harry Cliff Brown - Private Robert William Normandale - Second Lieutenant Harold Sinclair - Private Henry Ferguson - Private Ernest David Robinson - Private James Fidler - Driver ...

1917 ‘At all costs’ Monchy Le Preux R.I.P. - Private George Arthur Hill - Private George Ernest Colley - Lance Corporal John Stanley Morrison The British 37TH Division had, after vicious fighting, captured the important village o...

The use of new tactics and weapons in World War One The following are first hand quotes and diary extracts of the use of new tactics and weapons in the First World War. They are taken from Paul Allens book 'Neath a foreign sky.' Extract...

Offensive actions in World War One The following are first hand quotes and diary extracts of offensive actions in the First World War. They are taken from Paul Allens book 'Neath a foreign sky.' Extract:The last campaign of the Great Wa...

World War One - Scarborough St Martins R.I.P. - Gunner Fred Harris Coates - Sub Lieutenant William Henry Clarkson - Corporal Henry Clifford Stephenson - Rifleman Edmund Daws - Second Lieutenant John Francis Newlove No stranger to the demis...

Scarborough's War Memorial - Oliver's Mount 'They were a wall unto us by night and by day'… I must have read that inscription on Scarborough's War Memorial on top of Oliver's Mount many times. In the beginning, in...

Opening rounds August-September 1914 - By Paul Allen In spite of the gathering clouds of war in Europe the British August Bank Holidays of 1914 had gone ahead with most people who could afford to, swarming to the coast for their annual taste of th...

Over the top - the Great War The following are first hand quotes and diary extracts of soldiers going over the top into No Mans land in the First World War. They are taken from Paul Allens book 'Neath a foreign sky.' Extract:The last ca...

World War One - Palestine, Salonika and Macedonia R.I.P. - Lieutenant Bryce Douglas - Driver Thomas William Armstrong - Gunner Francis William Collier - Private Albert Loftus - Driver Alfred Henry Hopkins - Private Cyril Vernon Larkin - Gun...

The road to Passchendaele - World War One 1917 In Remembrance of: - Lance Corporal Arthur Graham Burnett - Sergeant Alfred William Burnett - Private George William Burnett - Private Joseph Harrison Marsay - Sergeant Lawrence Mooring - Second...

A pilots account during World War One The following are first hand quotes and diary extracts from a pilots flight during the First World War. They are taken from Paul Allens book 'Neath a foreign sky.' Extract: Pilots account Much of...

The battle for Pozieres Ridge - the Somme 1916 R.I.P. - Lance Corporal William Henry Morley - Private William George Jowsey - Captain George Brown Bird Military Cross - Private Albert Hartas Marshall The British High Command had expected Po...

The loss of nine brothers in arms In Remembrance of - Private Harry Betts - Private Ross Ward Betts - Private George Betts - Private George William Watson - Private Thomas Edward Watson - Private Ernest Watson - Corporal John Walters - Pri...

The Saturday night soldiers - Flanders ‘R.I.P.’ - Private George Thomas Thorpe - Private Harry Betts - Private Alexander Harold George Bradley - Private John William Coulson - Private Arthur John Waller With the dawning of a ne...

The story of Scarborough people in World War One The following are first hand quotes and diary extracts of offensive actions in the First World War. They are taken from Paul Allens book 'Neath a foreign sky.' Extract: Robert Leppington ...

The Second Battalion of the Coldstream Guards - 1914 - By Paul Allen The Second Battalion of the Coldstream Guards had officially begun mobilising for war at midnight of the fourth and fifth of August 1914, however due to the deteriorating situati...

September 1916 - Scarborough trawler fleet decimated: On 24-25th September 1916, 19 trawlers were sunk by a U-Boat in one go. Amongst them were eleven Scarborough boats, five from Grimsby, and one each from Hull, Hartlepool and Whitby. The Scar...

Shot at dawn ‘Shot at Dawn’ - The life and death of Private James Crampton My interest in the controversial issues arising from the execution of British soldiers during the Great War of 1914-18 had initially been kindled during the ...

The bloody battle of the Somme 1916 R.I.P. - Private John William Harwood - Private William Anderson - Private Frederick Ireland - Private Henry Ireland - Private Henry Newby - Private Ernest William Newby - Bandsman Allan Parkinson - Priv...

Introduction. In the spring of 1993 I undertook a cycle journey to the city of Santiago de Compostela in North Western Spain. After landing at Zeebrugge in Belgium I cycled the few miles to the seaside town of Nieuport where I turned my wheels to ...

Somme July 1916 R.I.P. - Private Robert William Deighton - Private Robert Henry Morris - Private Charles Francis Morris - Private George Robert Costello - Private Albert Costello - Private Edward Wilkinson Bean - Lance Corporal William Henr...

The mud in the battle of the Somme 1916 R.I.P. - Acting Bombardier George Anderson - Lance Corporal Harry Whittaker Anderson - Private Edward Purnell - Rifleman Richard Johnson Purnell - Private Ernest William Dove - Private Christopher Matt...

U-BOAT RAID ON SCARBOROUGH - 4TH SEPTEMBER 1917 ‘SHELLED IN THE SURF’ By Special correspondent of the London Daily Mail:  The day had been beautifully fine and there were many merry picnic parties on the coast and moors....

St Quentin 1917 The Great War R.I.P. - Private James Ernest Lancaster - Private Alf Temple Appleby At the extreme right, or south, of the British line had been seven divisions of infantry belonging to General Sir Henry Rawlinson’s Fourt...

World War One - France 1917 RIP - Second Lieutenant John Francis Newlove - Major Valentine Fowler - Corporal John Henry Devlin - Lance Corporal Isaac Yaxley - Private William Cockerill - Private Alfred Hansom - Private Robert Moore - Lieut...

Tank warfare in World War One The following are first hand quotes from Paul Allens book 'Neath a foreign sky.' They all refer to tanks and tank warfare. Its an excellent historical record of how people thought and felt during the Great War...

The Battle for Thiepval Ridge - Somme in Wolrd War One R.I.P. - Private George Hill - Corporal Charles Hill High above the Ancre River on a ridge bearing the same name stands a now insignificant Somme village which, if it was not for the abun...

Training for the front - World War One The following are first hand quotes and diary extracts of the First World War as soldiers were trained and prepared for war. They are taken from Paul Allens book 'Neath a foreign sky.' Extract: A s...

Trench raiding in World War One - 1916 R.I.P. - Private Harry McBean - Lance Corporal John Robert McBean - Sergeant Arthur Paterson - Lance Corporal Arthur Clarke - Private Walter Clarke - Lieutenant Edward Reginald Spofforth - Private Leon...

The following are first hand quotes from soldiers who had to endure trench warfare in World War One. They are taken from Paul Allens book 'Neath a foreign sky.' These quotations all help to bring to life the full horror of trench life in ...

Vandvoorde Ridge - Early battles of the Great War - By Paul Allen In the early days of the war, long before the people of Scarborough had seen in their local newspapers the lengthy casualty lists of 1916 onwards it had been usual for the ‘Sc...

The war at sea - Scarborough The following are first hand quotes and diary extracts of the war at sea during the Great war. They are taken from Paul Allens book 'Neath a foreign sky.' Extract: Battle of Jutland However, before the De...

In 1914 war broke out in Europe and all the major powers entered the struggle with enthusiasm. The local newspapers supported the cause vigorously. Those who volunteered were listed and praised by the newspapers. The October 2nd edition of the...

‘The Wunderwerk’ and Stuff Redoubt R.I.P - Lance Corporal Edward Petch - Private Walter Newman - Sergeant Robert Brailsford Craven - Sergeant Thomas Clark - Private William Trotter - Lance Corporal Charles Stephens - Private Tho...

First World War & Scarborough This page features articles on this site which mention World War One in some way.  100th anniversary event - images 2014 Bombardment Centenary Event In 2014, the Scarborough Maritime Heritage C...

The Yeoman Rifles 1916 R.I.P. - Riflemen Edmund Daws - Rifleman James Alfred Alcock - Rifleman John Bedford Rowley - Rifleman Harold Fowler - Rifleman Horace Pugmire - Sergeant Samuel Beecher Horsman - Acting Corporal Harry Mitchell [Scalby...

The Yorkshire Regiment - 1917 In Remembrance of - Second Lieutenant Henry Lawrence - Private Joseph Henry Sails Following their heroic attack and subsequent defence on the ‘Stuff Redoubt’ and ‘Hessian Trench’ at Thiepva...

The third battle of Ypres - World War One Having suffered over a hundred and seventy thousand casualties during the Arras Offensive one may have assumed that the British High Command would have had enough of costly offensives. Nothing could be fur...

Wipers 3 - The Great War In Remembrance of - Private Walker Wilson Kitchen - Private Arthur Oldridge - Second Lieutenant Ernest Horsley - Second Lieutenant Edward Thomas Rines - Private Edwin Jones Wood Whilst the fighting on the Western F...

Third Wipers - World War One In Remembrance of - Second Lieutenant Hugh Colborne Graham - Private William Ernest Foster - Private James Goodill - Private Louis Edward Normanton - Corporal George Ernest Adams - Gunner Frederick Hunter - Seco...

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