David Lloyd George

David Lloyd George (1863-1945)

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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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The Rose and Crown, Burwash

A treat at… The Rose and Crown

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As a welcome break during our visit to Burwash, on an extremely hot, late August Sunday, we stopped for a family lunch at the “Rose and Crown”, although the only part of the pub which can be seen from the main road is its sign. Undeterred, we walked down a side road, to find a […]

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War Memorial, Burwash

Burwash War Memorial

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The village of Burwash may well date back to the 11th Century, and certainly the church which stands at its heart, The Church of St Bartholomew, was built in 1090. Over the ensuing centuries, this picturesque market town expanded, until by the mid-eighteenth century, it housed over fifty shops, which continued to thrive until the […]

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Bateman's

A visit to… Bateman’s – Splendid Isolation

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In 1902, when Rudyard Kipling purchased Bateman’s for £9,300, he was buying himself a little piece of England, and the privacy which he and his family craved. Now, over a hundred years later, the property is maintained and managed by the National Trust and very little has changed since his widow, Carrie, bequeathed the house […]

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Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling – author, poet and quintessential Englishman

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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

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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

Horace Smith-Dorrien (1858-1930)

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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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Erich von Falkenheim

Erich Von Falkenhayn (1861-1922)

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Erich Georg Anton Sebastian von Falkenhayn was born on 11th November 1861 in Burg Belchau, West Prussia. A career soldier, Falkenhayn rose quickly through the ranks and by 1913 had been appointed Prussian Minister of War. When the Schlieffen Plan failed in the autumn of 1914, he replaced Helmuth von Moltke as Chief of the […]

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Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

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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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Battle of Dogger Bank, 1915

The War at Sea and the Home Front, 1915

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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 […]

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