To earn a Victoria Cross you have to be either slightly mad, phenomenally brave, or a combination of the two. These two heroes might well fall into the ‘a bit of both’ category as we remember their actions, 100 years later.
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Sergeant Albert Gill VC (8th September 1879 – 27th July 1916) from Birmingham, Warwickshire was a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
This week, July 1st, 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the battle of the Somme, the conflict will be remembered as one of the bloodiest wars in human history.
To commemorate all those who bought on the battlefields of the Somme we take a look at shell shock and how it affected those who would have fought, and survived the bloodiest battle in WW1 and in British History
Somme piper for McCrae's Battalion has been honoured to 'right a wrong', almost 90 years after he was buried in an unmarked grave.
The changing attitudes toward commemorating wars and war dead since the 19th century
Christmas is a time to spend with family, but during the two World Wars a serviceman would be very lucky indeed to find himself at home for ‘the holidays’. Here’s a few stories to illustrate what Christmas was like in wartime.
We owe him a lot, this unknown soldier who gave his life for Britain, and today, the day after Remembrance Day, we’d like to reassure him that we remember him always, not just once a year.
On this day, 1915, the British public were incensed when brave British nurse Edith Cavell was shot by German troops for helping wounded Allied soldiers to flee Brussels for Holland. However, according to today’s The Guardian she may have been a full-blown spy, and as such fair game.
On this day, 31st July, the Battle of Passchendaele began in 1917. During this skirmish, the deadly and much feared mustard gas would first see use.
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