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July 18, 1916 – The numbers of war make horrifying reading

It would be easy, when reading the July 18, 1916, edition of the Market Harborough Advertiser, to measure the progress of the war in numbers. 646 more words

Eheu fugaces

Nobody can really prepare you for retirement: the day when, after everyone has said very kind and appreciative things about you, and remembered the high-points and achievements of your career, and wished you well, you put your stuff in the car and set off home for the last time, knowing that you will never make that journey again with the same purpose. 649 more words

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Unspeakable war? Looking at language in Rose Macaulay’s Non-Combatants and Others (1916)

Rose Macaulay’s Non-Combatants and Others, published in 1916,  offers a striking demonstration of the changes which war had brought – not only in its setting (the novel is based in events in 1915), or in its stance (it is often seen as the first anti-war novel of WW1), but also in its language. 1,869 more words

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George Henry Tose was my great uncle. At the outermost edge of my memory, I can recall as a 4 or 5 year old, going to visit him at his home – 8 Manor Road, Maltby. 812 more words


July 4, 1916 – Battle of the Somme greeted with ‘the greatest enthusiasm’

Deeply moving events to commemorate one of the most infamous milestones of the First World War were held on Friday, exactly a century after the first British and French soldiers climbed out of the trenches at the Battle of the Somme. 605 more words

1st July 1916 - THE SOMME

Before Action

… I, that on my familiar hill
Saw with uncomprehending eyes
A hundred of Thy sunsets spill
Their fresh and sanguine sacrifice,
Ere the sun swings his noonday sword… 43 more words

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