Archive: May 2011

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. […]

Read more

The War at Sea and the Home Front, 1915

Battle of Dogger Bank, 1915

THE WAR AT SEA The only real naval battle of 1915 was the Battle of Dogger Bank, which followed a German raid on the east coast towns of Scarborough, Whitby and Hartlepool in December 1914. Although this raid caused outrage, the German commander, Admiral Franz von Hipper decided that he would continue to launch offensives […]

Read more

The Eastern Front and Mesopotamia, 1915

Indian military engineers in Mesopotamia

THE EASTERN FRONT Although most people believe that the first use of poison gas took place on 22nd April 1915, at the Second Battle of Ypres, the Germans had made an earlier, unsuccessful attempt to use this weapon at the Battle of Bolimov on January 31st. This proved ineffective as the wind blew the gas […]

Read more

May 1915 by Charlotte Mew

May 1915 by Charlotte Mew poster

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 […]

Read more

Literary Connections No.3 – Julian Grenfell

Literary Connections No.3 poster

Our Literary Connections No.3, showing the links between Julian Grenfell, Ronald Knox, Siegfried Sassoon, Katharine Asquith (née Horner) and Margot Asquith.

Read more

Brooke & Grenfell – Joined in the bright company of Heaven

Taplow Court Tableaux

These two young men both died in the first half of 1915, at the age of 27; both had written poems which are now widely studied; both came from fairly privileged backgrounds. However, today almost everyone has heard of Rupert Brooke, while Julian Grenfell’s name is relatively unfamiliar to most, unless they are actually studying […]

Read more

The Dardanelles

Royal Naval Division going over the top

While a great deal of the action during the First World War took place on the Western Front, there were many among the Allies who sought to divert attention to somewhere else and it was generally agreed that the best place for this was to launch an offensive in the Dardanelles, against the Turks. This […]

Read more

Debris Pudding

Debris Pudding

This inventive dish is the perfect solution to left-over meat and would have proved economical during the First World War. According to the original recipe, the end result tastes like sausagemeat and although we’re not altogether convinced, at the time it evidently proved to be both tasty and popular with the whole family. Ingredients: 1.5-2lb […]

Read more

Literary Connections No.2: Edward Wyndham Tennant

Literary Connections No.2

Literary Connections No.2, shows the links between Edward Wyndham Tennant, Pamela Wyndham Tennant, Stephen Tennant, Siegfried Sassoon and Osbert Sitwell.

Read more