The Anthony Spagnoly Remembrance Tour May 2009

Remembering the Great War 1914-1918 The Tony Spagnoly Memorial Tour Arras-Somme-Ypres-Aisne Sunday 17th May – Friday 22nd May 2009 (The Hampstead Pals 52nd Tour to the battlefields 1914-18) By Christopher Quinton This was to be the second annual pilgrimage to the Western Front, for Carol and me, to visit the graves and memorials of those […] Read more


The Hares of the Somme

In a poem Hares of the Somme I speculated as to how these creatures survived the Great War. In “Gas” The Story of the special Brigade (RE) by Major General C.H. Foulkes CB CMG DSO reference is made to the efforts of British gas on pets and wildlife, which appeared in a German newspaper the […] Read more

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We don’t sail with Sea France!

We no longer use this grossly incompetant and always unreliable ferry crossing company for our regular Dover-Calais crossings.. On a recent ‘Pals’ Pilgrimage to the Somme, we made the unfortunate error of booking with ‘Sea France’ Dover- Calais and reverse, for the second time in one month. On the outward journey, we were delayed by […] Read more


Vimy Ridge by a Canadian in France

A Canadian in FranceBy Aaron Rowe Rising out of the plain above the little French town of Arras is Vimy Ridge. Wind sweeps up the grassy slope and through the forest towards the gigantic marble monument to the fallen Canadian soldiers of the First World War. The monument, while in France, is actually on Canadian […] Read more


Google and Technorati

This site was indexed by Google this morning and now we are including it in Technorati If you have a Technorati Account please add this site to your account as a favourite. It will help get the word out about Hampstead Pals […] Read more