Commander Loftus William Jones: Fighting to the Very End!

Loftus William Jones was born in 1879 in Petersfield, Hampshire, a small town 17 miles to the north of theContinue reading “Commander Loftus William Jones: Fighting to the Very End!”

The Charfield Train Crash: Another Tragedy on the Bristol Line

The Leeds to Bristol Express Mail train struck a glancing blow to the freight train before smashing into the engineContinue reading “The Charfield Train Crash: Another Tragedy on the Bristol Line”

Three Killed in 1913 Sewer Incident: Brave Rescue Attempt by Two Firemen ends in Tragedy

On Tuesday the 18th of March 1913, William Parry a 35-year-old sewer man working for Kensington Borough Council was carryingContinue reading “Three Killed in 1913 Sewer Incident: Brave Rescue Attempt by Two Firemen ends in Tragedy”

The Fighting Bradfords: A Most Remarkable Family

In 1885 George Bradford, a mining engineer from Chirnside, a small village just North of the border, married Amy MarianContinue reading “The Fighting Bradfords: A Most Remarkable Family”

Captain the Reverend Edward Mellish: The Miracle of St Eloi

Of all the Victoria Cross recipients I have researched, the story of Edward Noel Mellish was the one that probablyContinue reading “Captain the Reverend Edward Mellish: The Miracle of St Eloi”

Surgery under Fire: The Falkland’s Combat Medics

Imagine a hospital and you probably picture a clean and clinical building with wards and surgical theatres, staffed by doctorsContinue reading “Surgery under Fire: The Falkland’s Combat Medics”

George William Chafer V.C. – Small in Stature; Big in Heart

George William Chafer, an orphan of a little over five feet in height was not your typical Victoria Cross recipient;Continue reading “George William Chafer V.C. – Small in Stature; Big in Heart”

WW1 – The Battle for Hill 60: Second Lieutenant Benjamin Handley Geary VC

Hill 60 near Ypres in Belgium was actually a large spoil heap from the digging of a cutting on theContinue reading “WW1 – The Battle for Hill 60: Second Lieutenant Benjamin Handley Geary VC”