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World War One

Great grandpa and the overture to war (part two)

In my last posting I introduced the International Review of Commerce and Industry to which my great grandfather, Alfred John Liversedge (AJL), submitted articles in December 1913 and January 1914 in an attempt to see if there was any intimation that the Great War was imminent. In the next issue, January 1914, the editor kicks … Continue reading »

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War Baby

My mother-in-law, Diana Gutch [nee Worsley], who died three months ago would have celebrated her 100th birthday on 26th February 2014.It used to amuse her to call herself a ‘War Baby’, although she was born six months before the outbreak of the first World War. However,her early life was greatly affected by the events in … Continue reading »

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The Royal Flying Corps in WW1 – dangers and accidents

Early in 1915 my grandfather, Frank Oswald Burnley, was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant into the 16th (Service Battalion) of West Yorkshire Regiment, after some three months in the Territorials (the Reserve Army Service Corps).  This was a Bradford brigade.  The following year, paid for privately I suspect, he gained his Aviator’s Certificate on a … Continue reading »

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Great grandpa and the overture to war (part one)

As the “celebrations” of the Great War start to ramp up I found myself wondering if I could discover whether my great grandfather, Alfred John Liversedge (AJL) had any thoughts on the impending catastrophe. In December 1913 and January 1914 he published articles in The International Review of Commerce and Industry edited by T. Swinborne … Continue reading »

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First World War ancestors

One hundred years ago, early in 1914 my grandfather and his two cousins, young men only 20 years old were beginning their working lives in wool textile manufacturing, as at least four generations of their forebears had done.  Frank Oswald Burnley, my paternal grandfather, had been an apprentice dryer in worsted yarn and was preparing … Continue reading »

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Olga’s Story

I have been reading ‘Olga’s Story’ by Stephanie Williams[published by Viking in 2005 and subsequently by Penguin in 2006].It is a detailed and very readable account of the life of her Russian grandmother, Olga Yunter, who was  born in Siberia in 1900. She was brought up in a large, lively and educated family, her father … Continue reading »

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