Category Archives: The Great War

Remembrance: Charlie Payne’s letter to “My Darling Boys” 23 August 1917

I think about my grandfather every day.  Not surprising as I’m currently writing a book about him.   However, as he served in the British Expeditionary Force during the latter stages of the Great War, the 100th Anniversary of Britain’s entry … Continue reading

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The Beginning of the End of the First World War; Charlie Payne at the Second Battle of the Marne, July 1918.

I have previously written an account of aspects of the German Spring Offensive in March 1918, based on Charlie Payne’s experiences during the  Defence of Bucquoy. Today’s blog involves events some four months later. The 1918 German attacks against the … Continue reading

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Saved by the Royal Navy; Genoa 1907

The book that I am currently writing deals with the life and times of my grandfather, Charlie Payne, covering both his civilian life, and his military service during The Great War (1914-1919). In early March 1907 Charlie travelled to Italy … Continue reading

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25th-30th March 1918: Charlie Payne at the Defence of Bucquoy

My Blog post today covers another aspect of my grandfather’s military service during the First World War.  Ninety-six years ago, Private Charlie Payne’s Battalion, the 5th Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment was sent into action during the German Spring … Continue reading

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Charlie Payne at the Battle of Cambrai, November 1917

My grandfather, Private Charlie Payne was a Lewis gunner in B Company, Number 7 Platoon, of the 2/5th battalion, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment.  In November 1917 the battalion was involved as part of 62nd Division in the Third … Continue reading

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World War One Images; Help Required with Identification, Please!

I am currently writing my next book which has the working title ‘Charlie Payne’s Hatbox‘. It will be based on the experiences of my grandfather, Charlie Payne, during his wartime service (1916-1919). I have a small number of photographs where … Continue reading

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“The Little Digger”; William Morris (Billy) Hughes: A Family Connection

I apologise for the shortage of new blog posts in the last six to seven weeks.  However, don’t blame me, blame Billy Hughes. This year I somewhat over-enthusiastically committed myself to preparing two new talks within a month.  One of these was on … Continue reading

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On this day: 28 January 1917; Charlie Payne’s Army Training Continues

The winter of 1916/1917 was , in its time, one of the coldest on record. While those soldiers already on the Western Front in France and Belgium, faced the worst conditions, life was not that easy for the recently-conscripted men, … Continue reading

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On this day: 11 January 1919; Rapid Promotion for Charlie Payne in the Army of Occupation in The Rhineland

Almost as soon as the First World War Armistice of 11th November 1918, had been resolved, one of its main elements had to be implemented: the occupation of the German Rhineland by the Allied forces.  Amongst those who started the … Continue reading

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On this day: 25 December; A working Christmas in Germany for George Clarke (1864) and Charlie Payne (1918)

It is my good fortune to have some documented records for several of my ancestors which have provided me with information about their Christmas-time experiences.  Amongst two of the more interesting accounts are those of my great-great-grandfather George Clarke in … Continue reading

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