Category Archive: Britain

W N Hodgson

William Noel Hodgson

Born: 3rd January, 1893 – Died: 1st July, 1916 From his birth in Gloucestershire and subsequent upbringing in Northumberland, William Noel Hodgson quickly learned and developed tolerance and understanding as well as consideration for others and a love of his natural surroundings. At Durham School he was a popular and successful student, as well as […]

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Sir Douglas Haig (1861-1928)

Sir Douglas Haig

Douglas Haig was born in Edinburgh on June 19th 1861, the youngest of the eleven children of John Haig, the head of the successful whisky distillery which still bears the family name. He was educated at Clifton College in Bristol and Brasenose College, Oxford, leaving university before completing his degree, so as to enroll at […]

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David Lloyd George (1863-1945)

David Lloyd George

David Lloyd George was born in Manchester on January 17th 1863, the son of William, a schoolteacher, and his wife Elizabeth. The following year, William died, so Elizabeth returned to her native Wales, where the family lived with her brother, Richard. Lloyd George began his career as a lawyer, but soon turned his attention to […]

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Rudyard Kipling – author, poet and quintessential Englishman

Rudyard Kipling

Of the many First World War writers and poets who changed their opinion and style of writing as the war progressed, it could be argued that none did so more markedly or with greater justification than Rudyard Kipling, whose only son, John, was killed on September 27th 1915 at the Battle of Loos. This event […]

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Edith Cavell

Edith Cavell

The very name of this nurse and patriot came to represent all that was good about the British during the First World War, while also showing the public the very worst side of humanity. Born on 4th December 1865 at Swardeston in Norfolk, Edith Cavell was the daughter of the parish priest, Frederick and his […]

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Horace Smith-Dorrien (1858-1930)

Horace Smith-Dorrien

Horace Lockwood Smith-Dorrien was born on 26th May 1858 at Berkhamsted and was the eleventh of the fifteen children of Robert Algernon and Mary Ann Smith-Dorrien. Following his education at Harrow, he attended the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, from where he joined the 95th Regiment of Foot and saw service in the Zulu Wars, […]

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Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Winston Churchill

Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace, his family’s ancestral home, on 30th November 1874. He was educated at St George’s School, Ascot, Brunswick School in Hove and then Harrow. He attended the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst, following which he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the 4th Queen’s Own Hussars. […]

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Herbert Plumer (1857 – 1932)

General Sir Herbert Plumer

Herbert Charles Onslow Plumer was born on March 13th 1857. He was the oldest child of Hall Plumer and his wife Louisa and he grew up in London. He was educated at Eton College, before attending the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and being commissioned as a sub-lieutenant in the 65th Foot Regiment, which later became […]

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Herbert Asquith (1852-1928)

Herbert Asquith

A barrister by trade, Asquith rose quickly in the Liberal party, becoming Prime Minister in 1908. Britain’s entry into the Great War gave Asquith even more troubles in an already difficult period of office, plagued by Home Rule and Liberal Reforms. A coalition government was formed, but Asquith found himself blamed for the failed assaults […]

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Laurence Binyon

Laurence Binyon

Born in Lancaster on 10th August 1869, Laurence Binyon was the second of the nine children of Frederick and Mary Binyon, who both came from Quaker families and Frederick was the vicar of Burton-in-Lonsdale, Yorkshire. Laurence was awarded a scholarship to St Paul’s School, London and then went on to Trinity College, Oxford. He was […]

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