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

Pte. Horace Iles and Emmanuel Church: War and Remembrance – A Community Service

Introduction The story of Pte. Horace Iles is a familiar story that is oft told. Horace Iles was the boy soldier who had enlisted at the  age of fourteen and was killed in action with the Leeds Pals at Serre in July 1916 aged sixteen-and-a-half. Like so many of his generation, it was a brave … More Pte. Horace Iles and Emmanuel Church: War and Remembrance – A Community Service

Book Review: The Woodhouse Boys by Neil Cawtheray

The Woodhouse Boys by Neil Cawtheray (Guildford, Surrey: Grosvenor House Publishing, 2011) pp. 313 £9.99* The Woodhouse Boys is a delightful story of a close-knit community where the streets are typically northern, with midden yards and outside loos. Set in 1950, the book is the story of two ten-year old boys growing up in Leeds … More Book Review: The Woodhouse Boys by Neil Cawtheray

Major-General Frederick Hammersley: ‘The father of Army gymnastics’

Major-General Frederick Hammersley: ‘The father of Army gymnastics’ Born in Yorkshire in 1824, Major-General Frederick (Fred) Hammersley had joined the Army as an ensign in the 14th Regiment of Foot (West Yorkshire Regiment) in 1842. He had served in the Crimean Campaign, and was later appointed sergeant and instructor in physical training (had rank of … More Major-General Frederick Hammersley: ‘The father of Army gymnastics’