Category Archives: The Great War

On this day: 5 December 1916; Charlie Payne and the ‘Clacton Town Guard’

In this historical Blog, I have already introduced my grandfather, Charlie Payne, to you in a number of guises:   as an employee of the American Express Company based in Genoa in 1907; later in 1913 as a married man and clerk working … Continue reading

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On this day: 16 November 1918; Charlie Payne writes home from France after the Armistice

It seems appropriate that my blog post today should contribute to the  messages and thoughts of remembrance for those who fought in the Great War….”the war to end all wars” which, despite the efforts of the politicians, servicemen and the … Continue reading

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On this day: 14 October 1917; Charlie Payne reports home about his first experiences in the front-line trenches

In today’s blog post I am continuing my theme of writing about the experiences of my grandfather Charlie Payne who, like many thousands of British men, was conscripted into the Army and was sent on active service to the Western Front … Continue reading

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The week beginning…July 16th

Those interested in history will have seen books or websites devoted to listing the significant events that took place on a particular date or in a particular year.  As someone who has developed an interest in family history I have … Continue reading

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First World War Diaries; Don’t just check out the Battalion records

Those of you who have visited the ‘Military History‘ page on my website will know that I have been researching the background to the First World War military service of my grandfather, Charlie Payne.  Following the well-worn trail of a … Continue reading

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Christmas past

Its that time of year to convey my seasonal greetings to all my readers. But, while the majority of us enjoy a  break from routine, have you ever wondered how your ancestors spent their Christmases in years past?  Well, I’m … Continue reading

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Success at the Archives

Last week I concentrated on two main tasks.  The first was to produce a press release about ‘The Chieftain’ which, with the help and advice of some good friends and the marketing section of The History Press, I sent out … Continue reading

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“Ever in Our Thoughts”

For the last five days I have been in France, with my old schoolfriend Clive, researching some of the First World war battlefield sites for my next book.  Though I had been on an excellent tour two years ago, organised … Continue reading

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7 July 2011; First World War Nurses

My current project involves research on the life of my grandfather, Charlie Payne. I started a few years ago, but was diverted into other avenues by my discovery that his grandfather, George Clarke had been a senior Scotland Yard detective … Continue reading

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