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William Cowper from The Task Book IV, War Poetry edited by D L Jones (Pergamon Press, 1970)

Rudyard Kipling’s Verse, Inclusive Edition 1885-1932 by Rudyard Kipling (Hodder and Stoughton, 1933)

Russell’s Despatches from the Crimea 1854-56 edited by Nicolas Bentley (Andre Deutsch, 1964)

The Rambling Soldier: Life in the Lower Ranks through Soliders Songs and Writings 1750-1900 edited by Roy Palmer (Viking Children's Books, 1977)

The Northampton Militia Lists, 1777 edited by Victor A Hatley (The Northamtonshire Record Society, 1973)

The Letters of Private Wheeler edited by B H Liddell Hart (Cassell, 1993)

The Recruiting Officer by George Farquhar (Nick Hern Books, 1997)

The Recollections of Rifleman Harris edited by Christopher Hibbert (Cassell Military, 1996)

In the Service of the King: The Letters of William Thornton Keep 1808-1814 edited by Ian Fletcher (Spellmount Publishers, 1997)

The Path of Glory, being the memoirs of the extraordinary military career of John Shipp John Shipp, edited by CJ Stranks (Chatto and Windus, 1969)

Hamilton’s Campaign with Moore and Wellington by Anthony Hamilton (Spellmount Publishers, 1998)

The Autobiography of a Working Man by Alexander Somerville (MacGibbon and Gee, 1967)


Spartacus Educational: Spartacus' World War One website offers a growing encyclopaedia of entries about the war, as well as links to other websites.

Trenches on the web: This site contains a wide range of World War One material.

Places to visit

The sites of battlefields can be extremely evocative - try and visit the following:

Senlac Hill: Senlac Hill, where the Battle of Hastings was fought and the last of the Saxon kings, Harold, was killed in 1066. The visitor centre is at 88, High Street, Battle, East Sussex, UK. TN39 OAQ. Tel: 01424 773721.

Sutton Cheney: The precise location of the Battle of Bosworth, where Richard III was defeated and killed in 1485, has aroused fierce controversy, but there is an excellent visitor centre and battlefield walk at Sutton Cheney, near Market Bosworth, west of Leicester.

Battle of Naseby: The site of the Battle of Naseby (1645) has been located between Naseby, Northants, and Market Harborough, Leicestershire; the epicentre of the fighting can be seen from a momument on the Naseby-Sibbertoft Road. The Naseby Battle and Farm Museum, Purlieu Farm, Naseby, Northamptonshire, is open by appointment only.

The Battle of Culloden : The Battle of Culloden where the Jacobites were decisively overthrown by the Hanoverians in 1746, lies just just east of Inverness. The Visitor Centre is sign posted from the A9, 5 miles east of Inverness on the B9006. Tel: 01463 790607.

Battle of the Boyne: The Battle of the Boyne (1690) dashed Jacobite hopes in Ireland and stands in the valley of the River Boyne, just east of Drogheda in Ireland. The Visitor Centre at Dunmore, Co Meath, Ireland is a good starting point for tours of the area.

Local regimental museums

Imperial War Museum: Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ. Tel: 0207 416 5320. Exhibits and resources on many conflicts, especially those involving Britain and the Commonwealth, from the First World War to the present day. You can arrange to view the extensive collection of diaries and letters held by the Department of Documents.

National Army Museum: Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4HT. Tel: 0207 730 0717. The British Army's own museum. It is the only museum to tell the story of the Army as a whole from Agincourt in the fifteenth century to contemporary peace-keeping.

The National Maritime Museum: Greenwich, London SE10 9NF. Tel: 020 8858 4422. Collections and exhibitions on various aspects of naval history and maritime personalities. You can research Royal Navy archives and crew lists in their library, as well as general information on naval history. Arrange an appointment before visiting the library.

RAF Museum: Graham Park Way, Hendon, London NW9 5LL. Tel: 020 8205 2266. Britain's only national museum dedicated wholly to aviation. Aircraft and exhibits relating to the history of aviation and the Royal Air Force.

Leeds Armouries: Royal Armouries Museum, Armouries Drive, Leeds LS10 1LT The home of the national collection of arms and armour. Royal Armouries Museum, Armouries Drive, Leeds LS10 1LT. Tel: 0113 220 1999.

The Scottish National War Museum: Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh EH1 2NG. Tel: 0131 225 7534. Enjoys a particularly beautiful site and contains displays of military artefacts from Scottish history.

The Palace of Versailles, Paris Tourism: Visit the Palace, including the Hall of Mirrors - where the peace treaty concluding World War One was signed in 1919.

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Published: 28-02-2005

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