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25 December 1917 - Reginald David De La Cour Corbett

There was little in the way of air activity on any of the fronts today. However one fatality was recorded nevertheless.

Major Reginald David De La Cour Corbett of 30 Squadron RFC (formerly of the 48th Indian Pioneers) died in captivity at a Turkish Prisoner of War Camp at Changri, apparently from rupture of the heart due to strain. 286 more words


Sunday 20 January 1918 We Lost 617

During the war, the Mesopotamian Campaign was under the responsibility of the Indian Army until the disaster surrounding the surrender at Kut. The campaign started well with the landing in Basra in November 1914, but the attack on Baghdad by 9,000 troops of the 6th Indian Division commanded by General Townshend in 1915 ended in catastrophe when the remnants of the British invasion force were surrounded in Kut El Amara, and three attempts to relieve the trapped British and Indian troops also ended in failure, at the cost of 23,000 lives. 367 more words

Royal Flying Corps

War and Crisis Washes Away History: Archaeology in Kurdistan

In the heart of the Near East you will find the lands of Mesopotamia. Named so by the Greeks for its geographic characteristics; the land “between rivers”.  724 more words

Hiwar Nheli

Henotheism: The King God above All Others

I’m currently in the process of reading a very intriguing book called God: A Human History by Reza Aslan, the religious scholar and commentator who has recently become more well-known through his media appearances about Islam. 1,292 more words

Comparative Religion

Tuesday 15 January 1918 We Lost 260

The Seaplane Defense Squadron based at St Pol becomes 13 (Naval) Squadron.

Brigadier General Arthur Anthony Howell CMG (London Regiment) dies at Blackdown Camp in England. 144 more words

Royal Flying Corps

Monday 14 January 1918 We Lost 204

British air forces bomb Karlsruhe, Thionville and the Metz area. In broad daylight a successful air raid is carried out on the railway station and nunitons factories in the Rhine Valley one and a quarter tons of bombs are dropped. 251 more words

Royal Navy


In the same spirit of seasonal sentimentality, I reread Gail Carson Levine’s least popular fantasy novel. I had bought my copy from one of those mail-order catalogues my primary school used to hand out – what an era – but I had found the prose too different from her other books to give it more than a perfunctory skim. 445 more words