Tattoo Mark Identity. Pierre Michel Luyens 1906-1929

This tragic, but interesting story of a former child refugee from Ostend would suggest that Pierre Michel Luyens had kept in contact with his host family after the war. Pierre Michel Luyens (23) was one of three young men who had drowned when their trawler, Commandant Bultinck, was wrecked off the coast of Fleetwood on … More Tattoo Mark Identity. Pierre Michel Luyens 1906-1929

Book Review: Caroline Scott – The Manchester Bantams

Caroline Scott.  The Manchester Bantams. 23rd (Service) Battalion, The Manchester Regiment (8th City). The Story of a Pals Battalion and a City at War. Pen and Sword: Barnsley, 2016. pp. 351 (Illustrated). ISBN: 1783453899. Price: £30 The Manchester Bantams is a welcome addition to the history of the Bantams as a unique fighting unit. Published … More Book Review: Caroline Scott – The Manchester Bantams

Miss A. Cook Rastall: Nurse to Jack Travers Cornwell

The photo above shows Miss Annie Cook Rastall. Born in Leicester, Miss Rastall had been matron of the Cameron Hospital, West Hartlepool, when the town was shelled in the First World War. She was awarded the Royal Red Cross medal for valuable services in October 1917, and decorated by King George V at Buckingham Palace … More Miss A. Cook Rastall: Nurse to Jack Travers Cornwell

Flax and the University of Leeds: 1911-1920

Flax and the University of Leeds: 1911-1920 Ruth Allison and David Stowe The following article is a co-written/co-researched piece by Ruth Allison and myself for the Leeds University in the Great War strand of the Legacies of War Project. Further information about the project may be found in the following link and overview of the … More Flax and the University of Leeds: 1911-1920

Mary Cicely Wicksteed and Jogendra Nath Sen – Leeds Pals by Ruth Allison

I am pleased to host Ruth Allison’s article on Cicely Wicksteed. This article is a follow up in many ways to my own piece on Pte. Jogendra Nath Sen of the Leeds Pals. I noticed when I visited Mill Hill for research some months ago that there were no women on the war memorial which was raised to … More Mary Cicely Wicksteed and Jogendra Nath Sen – Leeds Pals by Ruth Allison