Friday, 11 November 2011

Thankful Villages in WW1

At the end of the Great War there were just 52 'Thankful Villages' in Great Britain. These were towns and villages which had had all of their soldiers return home alive. By 1945 the number of villages which had survived both World Wars without loss had fallen to just 14. For the remainder of the country, war memorials would spring up to commemorate those who had lost their lives in the World Wars. Read a detailed account here...

The UK National Inventory of War Memorials allows you to search for your nearest war memorial.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

WW1 archaeology project - La Boiselle

I have posted about the archaeological study at La Boiselle a few times now, and have now found the website of the group carrying out the dig. It is well worth a visit and is updated regularly. It is very rare to be able to excavate a site of such importance as the 'Glory Hole' and the stories, images and finds are quite remarkable.

Interesting also for those with an interest in achaeology.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

WW1 Tunnels under the Somme

As work continues on the archaeological dig on the 'Glory Hole' sector at La Boiselle on the Somme, this BBC news item documents some of the work done so far. a fascinating insight into the underground war of camoflets and crumps fought more than 90 years ago.

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