Tag Archives: Armistice

Giving a public speech when you hate public speaking or My Remembrance Sunday Reading

People say to confront your fears and they will recede.  Well I can definitely say that this is not the case.  I’ve always hated flying and I’ve flown 37 times.  Flight 37 was every bit as terrifying as flight 27, … Continue reading

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The Last Post

It is one of the most evocative and moving pieces of music and as with every year, The Last Post will be played all over the world on Remembrance Day but its origins had nothing to do with mourning. The … Continue reading

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Shot at dawn – Remembering those who bravely died as cowards

November 11th is Armistice Day and I thought I would write about an aspect of WW1 which is often forgotten, the sad stories of those who were shot by their own side. Over 300 Commonwealth soldiers were shot at dawn, a … Continue reading

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The incredible true tale of Job Maseko – The man who sunk a ship whilst a prisoner.

As today is Remembrance Sunday, I thought I would share a short account of someone who is rarely spoken of outside his homeland but whom I have been a fan of for many years. For most people when they are … Continue reading

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Edith Cavell – Patriotism Is Not Enough

Many of us are familiar with the phrase “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel”, a quote that remains as true today as it was when it was first coined and is still evident by many politicians in particular … Continue reading

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VE Day Remembered in Photos – This Is Your Victory!

This gallery contains 15 photos.

The 8th May 1945 was V.E. Day or Victory in Europe Day.  As the U.K. is in the midst of remembering and celebrating perhaps the most momentous day in our history,  I thought it would be interesting to post some old … Continue reading

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Lest We Forget: A Concise Companion to the First World War (my new book)

I know what you’re thinking.  Stephen can’t be releasing another book.  I know, I know.  I’m sorry.  Long-time readers will know that I spend my summers giving guided tours and during winter I spend most of my time writing and … Continue reading

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