Category Archives: WWI research

Short pieces about the people I’ve researched for the Surrey History centre

Peaceful penetration

General Sir John Monash (1865-1931) was an intense kind of guy. In his photo, his eyes seem to immobilise the viewer, leaving them helpless to interrogation. His almost smile probably leading to misunderstanding. He was undoubtably, a lovely man, however, … Continue reading

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In Booze We Lose

I was researching a soldier today when I came across an odd bit of military history that I hadn’t known about before. I guess that’s not surprising, after all, a fact you didn’t know is just something you haven’t learned … Continue reading

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A life once lost, rediscovered

Sometimes, when I’m researching WWI service people, it can be very frustrating. An initial and a surname, particularly something like J Smith, can be close to impossible to narrow down to the one I’m looking for. Today I had a … Continue reading

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Luck comes in different flavours

The end result in all my WWI research is, by default, going to be sad, sometimes tragic. When the object of your research is a son barely old enough to be considered an adult who is handed a uniform, a … Continue reading

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