28 posts about World War One on this blog
Thursday 20 February 2014, 13:36
Late last autumn while there was still a sun in the sky and warmth in the air, I paid a visit to one of the antique shops in Cardiff that sells World War One military memorabilia. Like a magpie I was drawn to the small shiny objects in the display cabinet and after much negotiation I walked away as the...
Tuesday 17 December 2013, 16:40
The Victoria Cross is Britain's highest award for gallantry, a medal that is rarely given but always hard-earned. Many VCs were won during the First World War but only one went to a man from Pembrokeshire. That man was Hubert William Lewis, always known as ‘Stokey’, and he came from the fishing...
Monday 5 August 2013, 11:00
The very first British ship sunk in the war was a small cruiser, mined and sunk on 5 August 1914, the day after the war broke out.
Wednesday 24 July 2013, 10:30
When peace was finally declared on 11 November 1918, ending the four years of bloodshed and mayhem that was the First World War, the initial reaction in Wales was one of relief.
Sunday 19 May 2013, 08:31
On 19 May 1935 the remarkable TE Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia as he is better known, died in a motorcycle accident in Dorset.
Thursday 2 May 2013, 16:53
There are 52 civil parishes in England and Wales - that sustained absolutely no casualties in the First World War.
Wednesday 20 February 2013, 17:15
At the end of August 1914 Lord Kitchener called for a further 100,000 volunteers to form what he termed "a New Army" to give extra weight to the armed forces.
Friday 21 December 2012, 14:31
The greatest account of trench warfare was arguably that of an ordinary ranker. It was Old Soldiers Never Die and it was written by a Welshman.
Friday 23 November 2012, 16:19
Cat Whiteaway explores the many online resources and archives to help you find out more about the men and women who died in World War One.
Friday 9 November 2012, 15:35
Phil Carradice writes about the Welsh seaside town Penarth that has a number of unusual war memorials for the BBC Wales History blog.
Wednesday 28 March 2012, 11:15
When you think of Welsh poets, English language Welsh poets that is, your mind invariably turns to Dylan Thomas and RS Thomas. Possibly you might consider Alun Lewis, W H Davies or even Dannie Abse. But rarely do people think of Edward Thomas, a man who was born in London but who was, all his life, inordinately...
Monday 9 January 2012, 12:25
The Victoria Cross is the highest decoration available for men and women who have performed acts of great valour in the face of the enemy. Since it was introduced during the Crimean War, the medal has been awarded to just under 1,400 people but, surprisingly perhaps, only 39 of those individuals have...
Thursday 22 December 2011, 09:00
Christmas has always been a time for families, for gathering together around the fire and enjoying the warmth of human contact. In the halls and round houses of the Celts, in the castles and grand houses of the invading Normans, in the burgeoning villages and towns with their wattle and daub buildings...
Friday 11 November 2011, 08:19
Eyewitness accounts from those who lived through World War Two can provide valuable historical documents for subsequent generations.
Welsh Airman David Arthur Harries, from Llandybie, Carmarthenshire, tells how he survived a Japanese prisoner of war camp in Indonesia. In spite of witnessing instances...
Monday 24 October 2011, 11:58
The Passchendaele Society in Belgium has launched an appeal to erect a memorial to commemorate soldiers from Wales who were killed in the Battle of Passchendaele during World War One.
The Battle of Passchendaele, which is also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, saw hundreds of thousands of casualties...
Wednesday 13 July 2011, 16:43
Most people know the name Manfred von Richtofen, the famous Red Baron. Those who are particularly interested in the history of World War One will also probably know about British pilots such as Mick Mannock and Jimmy McCudden. But not many will know the story of Captain Benjamin Thomas MC who died in...
Friday 13 May 2011, 11:47
Many people - in Wales, England, all over the world - are familiar with the lines:
"What is this life if full of care
We have no time to stand and stare."
Some may even be able to quote the whole poem. Yet probably very few realise that the man who wrote the poem (Leisure, to give it it's proper title...
Monday 7 March 2011, 14:59
Tuesday 8 March 2011 is a highly significant date. This is a global centenary, marking the 100th anniversary of the establishment of International Women's Day (IWD).
This world-wide celebration of women's rights and, significantly, of the part that women play in society has been held since March 1911...
Friday 14 January 2011, 12:09
Most people have, at some stage in their lives, listened to the song Keep The Home Fires Burning. It was one of the most popular tunes in the trenches during World War One and still has the ability to bring a pang to the throat or a tear to the eye.
Yet how many people realise that this...
Friday 26 November 2010, 11:33
Most of us have an idealised version of our childhood years. In our memories the sun shone all summer long and it was always light until 10 or 11 at night.
It rarely rained apart from when there were thunderstorms, the intensity of which have never...
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