Anzac Day 2021

We took a drive out in honour of ANZAC Day to visit some of the local villages that are especially associated with Australian and New Zealand Forces. Digger Cote 160 had organized a small ceremony at dawn in Pozières, a church service was held in the afternoon at Bullecourt and Read more…

Armistice Day 2020

This morning John and I went alone to London Cemetery and Extension where we held a short ceremony of remembrance and laid a wreath. This year we also remembered those outside of the military who have given their lives in the service of others.

High Wood Commemorations

It’s hard to plan anything at the moment. One never knows what will be possible until the last minute. However the third Sunday of September is traditionally the day that we commemorate the action of the 47th (London) Division at High Wood so, in glorious sunshine, we headed up to Read more…

The Liberation of Albert 1944

At the beginning of September 1944 this area was freed from the German occupation. In military terms the losses were light, but in family terms they were devastating. In London Cemetery this morning, 76 years on, the gardeners were out in force, cutting the grass, weeding and trimming the hedges, Read more…

Captain Cecil Robert Tidswell

Captain Cecil Robert Tidswell served with the 1/Royal Dragoons in the Boer War and in India. He was awarded the Kings Medal with five clasps during the Boer War. He served with the Cavalry for two years on the Western Front before transferring to the Royal Flying Corp believing that Read more…

My Silver Cigarette Case

Recollections of “Bill” Bailey’s widow Pat In the winter of 1946/7 a small package in a buff MoD envelope, was delivered to me where I lived in South East London. I was excited, for I knew it contained the one personal effect that I had asked to be returned from Read more…