June 9, 2018

6th - 12th June 1918

After their almost complete wipe out in the disastrous fighting on the river Aisne on 27th May, the remnants of the 3 battalions of the 151st Brigade of the 50th Northumbrian Division / Durham Light Infantry were reformed into what was then called t...

May 31, 2018

U-Boat UC-75 had been damaged by the depth charges which HMS Ouse had dropped in her vicinity in the early hours of 29th May. She had already torpedoed and sunk HMAPV Dirk, which had been at the head of East Coast convoy TU26, but was now leaking fuel oil.


Ho...

May 29, 2018

Of the 37 ships of convoy TU26 which had left Leith the day before, 35 called in at Immingham on the Humber on the morning of the 29th.

HMAPV Dirk had been torpedoed by U-Boat UC-75 and all her crew of 20 had been lost.

The SS Caroline had also been lost after colliding...

May 28, 2018

On this day 100 years ago, the 37 vessels of convoy TU26 set sail from Leith for Immingham on the Humber.

Converted passenger ferry HMAPV Dirk was at the head of the convoy. It had 2 ships alongside: HMS Bat to her port side, and HMS Petrel to her starboard side. 2 esco...

May 27, 2018

On this day 100 years ago my great-uncle Fred Cowling and his Battalion, the 1/5th Durham Light Infantry, along with the other soldiers of the 151st Brigade, fought on the River Aisne.


The battle led to terrible casualties for the DLI - 24 officers and about 650 men.


T...

May 8, 2018

I have just had one of those moments where you realise ignorance has caused you to miss something really obvious...

In my previous post I described how I slowly came to realise my Austrian grandfather had served with a battalion, not in upper Austria, but in Galicia, or...

May 4, 2018

A contact on Twitter has kindly promised more information on the Battalion my Austrian grandfather served with in World War 1. In the meantime I decided to see what I could find on the internet, and the answer is not a lot! But there is something, and it has turned up...

April 27, 2018

One of the more obvious places to go for information on service personnel is The National Archives. And although I had visited the site a number of times at the start of my research I had somehow overlooked this resource when it came to finding the service card for Wil...

April 22, 2018

I had booked a stand-up comedy gig in Hull many months ago, not just because it looked fun to do but also because I realised it could conveniently help fund a family research trip, as my grandfather and great uncle were born in that city.

As the months have gone on the...

April 17, 2018

I was hoping to get more information on Fred Cowling's bankruptcy. The National Archives seem to point back to the Durham Records Office when it comes to looking for bankruptcy records. So for £32 and an hour’s research I requested the Office to find out what they coul...

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