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The Eastern Front and Mesopotamia, 1915

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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 […]

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Herbert Plumer (1857 – 1932)

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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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Literary Connections No.3 – Julian Grenfell

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

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Brooke & Grenfell – Joined in the bright company of Heaven

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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 […]

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The Dardanelles

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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 […]

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Debris Pudding

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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 […]

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Literary Connections No.2: Edward Wyndham Tennant

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

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Journey’s End – Interviews

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Back in 2008, when we were informed that there was to be a production of R C Sherriff’s Journey’s End at the Electric Theatre in Guildford, we approached the producer, Sean McNamara and he agreed that we could interview the cast during rehearsals. Our main aim during these interviews was to see how the actors […]

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Literary Connections No.1: Siegfried Sassoon

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Literary Connections No.1, shows the links between Siegfried Sassoon, Katharine Asquith, Helen Violet Asquith, Rupert Brooke and Edward Marsh.

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