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The little known South African connection with The Household Division (The Guards)

The Household Division are very well-known for the spectacular marches they perform, in their distinctive red tunics and black bearskins, with ceremonies ranging from a daily Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace to the annual Trooping of the Colour at the Horse Guards parade ground.   2,546 more words

Union To Republic

Friday 12 October 1917 We Lost 3,663

Even now Haig goes on with the battle, even though the rain and bitter cold have set in and today he orders another attack, which is fated to fail miserably, with men struggling up to their knees and waists in the dreadful mud with their rifles and machine guns clogged with it. 2,052 more words


Henry Coombe-Tennant

My researches into Major Coombe-Tennant (Welsh Guards and SOE in World War Two) are ongoing. A VERY interesting chap and a largely forgotten Neath hero. I hope to get him into the spotlight (with a publication) in due course. 8 more words

Monday 3 September 1917 We Lost 540

Four Gotha bombers attack the Royal Naval barracks at Chatham with two bombs striking a drill hall being used as a temporary dormitory for naval recruits killing 130 and injuring 88. 694 more words


Tuesday 31 July 1917 We Lost 6,527

The official name of the battle is the 3rd Ypres, but it is universally known as the Battle of Passchendaele because it is really a series of engagements with the one objective of taking Passchendaele Village and its Ridge. 4,489 more words


Works in Progress...

My 7,000-word write-up on Christopher Tennant is more or less complete and, all being well, will appear in the 2018 edition of the Neath Antiquarian. I now need to write up an account of Christopher’s brother Henry’s efforts in WWII and beyond. 13 more words

Wednesday 7 March 1917 - We Lost 388

H M Trawler Vivanti (Skipper Thomas Henry Kay) founders off the coast of Fairlight Hastings. Thirteen including her skipper are lost. The fishing vessel Vulcana (Skipper Robert Walte Windeatt) is sunk by gunfire from UC-76 forty miles east southeast from Auskerry Lighthouse. 228 more words