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  • KIT AND KIN: ROLAND LEIGHTON

    If you’ve read Vera Brittain’s Testament of Youth (or indeed seen the recent film adaptation) you’ll no doubt remember the part in which Vera’s fiancé Roland Leighton’s belongings are returned to his family following his death at the front. Roland had been serving in France for almost a year when he was struck on 23rd December 1915 by a […]

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  • GREAT WAR WILDLIFE: LT BROWN’S DIARY FROM GALLIPOLI

    Wildlife was hugely important to men stationed in an unfamiliar part of the world, facing tragedy and the overwhelming likelihood of imminent death on an almost daily basis. Local flora and fauna allowed respite, mental escapism and peaceful observance; a removal from the overbearing physical and psychological task at hand. It’s certain that the men (and women) at or […]

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  • LAST LETTERS: FRED SWANNELL

    Chances are if you’ve ever Googled “last letters WW1”, you will have come across this very touching epistle written by Lance Corporal Frederick Swannell to his wife before the Battles of Arras in 1917. Several stories of this last letter appeared in the press around the time of the 2014 centenary, but it is most definitely […]