The hand grenade explosion

Image above: A female worker inspects Mills hand grenades in a British factory during the First World War. Wikimedia Commons. Public Domain.  Dover Express 3 Nov 1916 Yesterday afternoon the Borough Coroner (Mr. Sydenham Payn) held an inquest on the body of the little girl, Edith Ellen Hanson, who was on July 19th last injured... Continue Reading →

Train roof crawl

Yorkshire Evening Post 16 Dec 1952 A 43-year-old horticultural foreman, Mr. Leslie Ashman, of Daisy Bank, Ditton, near Maidstone (Kent), was today presented with the honorary certificate of the Carnegie Hero Trust Fund by the Mayor of Maidsotne, Ald. Mrs. D. M. Relf. Mr. Ashman, on August 11, when travelling as a passenger on the... Continue Reading →

Drewry’s Bluff, 16 May 1864

Image above: Battery Dantzler, Drewry's Bluff 1864 - Confederate gun commanding the river. The 117th New York Infantry recruited in the Oneida county in the summer of 1862, rendezvoused at Rome, and was mustered into the U.S. service from August 8 to 16, for three years and left the state on August 22. On 12... Continue Reading →

Wholesale garden robbery

Cabbage and broccoli? It wasn't kids then. In the Western Gazette of 29 Nov 1867 we read the following: Some time during the night of Tuesday, the 19th inst., a large quantity of cabbage, broccoli, and other vegetables, growing in a garden at Staplehay, in this parish (Pitminster), and belonging to Charles Clarke Mattock, coachman... Continue Reading →

Cavalry Foot Soldiers

The Household Battalion was an infantry battalion of the British army during the Great War. It was formed in September 1916 from the reserves of the Household Cavalry regiments (the 1st Life Guards, 2nd Life Guards and the Royal Horse Guards) to help fill the every-increasing demands for infantry on the Western Front. Considerable effort... Continue Reading →

The Boys’ Brigade

Extracting from the Kent & Sussex Courier of 25 Oct 1907 we learn that the beginning of the Boys' Brigade was in 1883 in Glasgow and it was an institution that was working against hooliganism with extraordinary success. The objects of the Boys' Brigade were to combat the terrible evil of boys lounging about the... Continue Reading →

Maid of Kent

S. R. Hospital Ships Lost Dover Express 7 Jun 1940 The loss of the hospital ship "Maid of Kent" was officially announced in the shipping losses for the week ending May 26th. The "Brighton," another hospital ship, was sunk by an attack at the same time in Dieppe Harbour. Both are Southern Railway vessels. The... Continue Reading →

Death from misadventure

Engine Driver's Fatal Fall The East Kent Coroner (Mr. Rutley Mow II) held an inquest at Derringstone, Barham, on Wednesday evening, on the body of Charles Henry Lilley, aged 44, an engine driver in the employ of Mr. A. C. Arter, Barham, who died as the result of a fall from a truck. The evidence... Continue Reading →

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