Tag Archives: Great War

A small white shoebox and the Battle of the Somme

Do you believe in coincidences and synchronicity? Or do you believe that strange forces are sometimes at work and might bring together events, people and stories in an unbelievable way that can’t only be mere chance?  Are some things are just … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Tower of London’s Poppies

Yesterday was a very emotional day for me when I visited my granddad’s old school, Emanuel School, in Wandsworth, South London, and heard about his life as a school-boy on the eve of the Great War.  As Emanuel’s school historian … Continue reading

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Great Dunmow’s 1914 Military Funeral: A follow-up

A month ago, during the run-up to Remembrance Sunday, I retold the story of the December 1914 funeral of Boer War hero, Private William Gibson of the First Grenadier Regiment of the Foot Guards – Great Dunmow’s first military funeral. … Continue reading

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War and Remembrance: Great Dunmow’s Roll of Honour

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them. Remember the men of … Continue reading

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War and Remembrance: It’s a long way to Tipperary

Within my collection of postcards dating from the First World War is this very poignant card from a father to his young daughter.  Unfortunately, there are no other identifying marks on the card so it is impossible to trace anything … Continue reading

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War and Remembrance: Military Funeral 1914

A year ago, I told the story of the Willett family of Great Dunmow, and how local photographer and newsagent, Arthur Willett, often took photographs of the town’s happenings, including the photo below, which he captioned as “Military Funeral 1/12/14” … Continue reading

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War and Remembrance: Dunmow’s Emergency Committee

It is a well known that during the Second World War (1939-1945), Britain prepared itself for the potential invasion of the country by Nazi Germany. However, not so well known is that during the First World War (1914-1918), with German … Continue reading

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Postcard home from the front – the camera never lies…

When I first starting writing this post, I thought I was writing about how three postcards showing Great Dunmow’s High Street, depict that the town did not change in a 25 year period between 1908 and 1932.  However, as I … Continue reading

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War and Remembrance – The Making of a War Memorial

The transcriptions below are from Great Dunmow Parish Council Minutes held by the Essex Record Office, Chelmsford – SEAX Catalogue D/J 88/2/1 (1894-1936). Great Dunmow Wednesday 17th April 1918 At a meeting of inhabitants of the Parish of Great Dunmow called … Continue reading

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Postcard from the Front – To my dear wife and sonny

Mrs H Spurgeon, The Avenue, Great Dunmow, Essex, England My dear wife and sonny Received card this morning, Monday. Please to hear you received order. Thank you very much for it and it is very nice. I have sent you … Continue reading

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