Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Sunday, March 4, 2018

March 1918 - with the Irish Guards

Card included in a letter home
"...another card for Lucy hoping you are a good girl and getting on at school as Daddy will want Lucy to read to him when the war is over.  Good bye dearest, Daddy xx"

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

14 February 1918 - With the Irish Guards

Handwritten: 14th February 1918
"This photo is of some of the little kiddies who have no homes and I give any pieces of food that is left over to the priest in charge of them... they call me Bon Pappa and I have quite a family all of my own"

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Wanna buy a pub in Britain?

Visit the Keep Wistow Flowing site
When my parents moved to Wistow it was described as an English village with a nice Norman church and even better Anglo-Saxon pub.  However the pub is in danger. 

The Three Horseshoes is closing unless the locals can find a buyer or band together to buy it as a community benefit. A copy of the presentation is here.  With the right management - and range of real ales - this place would be stormingly good. But time is running out.

Monday, September 4, 2017

4 September 1917 - With the Irish Guards

On Active Service: 4th September 1917
"Just a line to let you know that I am in the best of health"

Sunday, July 16, 2017

July 1917 - With the Irish Guards

Field Post Office - July 1917

"My dearest Jeanie, Just a postcard to let you know that I am keeping in the best of health... we are having grand weather here today..."

"From the 16th to the 23rd July their mornings were spent at every sort of drill—smoke-helmet drill, musketry, wiring, Lewis-gun, etc., and their afternoons in going over the training-ground and practising attacks. All that time the weather was perfect. As soon as they moved away to Proven and into the battle-area on July 25 heavy rain began..." Kipling's History of the Irish Guards

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Maricourt (Somme) - with the Irish Guards

"What do you think of my big house?"

"The Battalion was relieved by the 2nd Grenadiers at midnight (16th November), but were not clear till morning, when they crawled back to camp between Carnoy and Montauban, packed forty men apiece into the icy-chill Nissen huts, supposed to hold thirty, and were thankful for the foul warmth of them. Thence they moved into unstable tents on the outskirts of Méaulte, on the Bray road, where the wind funnels from all parts of the compass, and in alternate snow, rain, and snow again, plumbed the deeps of discomfort. When frost put a crust on the ground they drilled; when it broke they cleaned themselves from mud; and, fair or foul, did their best to “improve” any camp into which fortune decanted them." (Kipling)