Category Archives: First World War

James McClean has done nothing wrong

Another year, another load of abuse hurled at footballer James McClean. This has been a yearly thing since James McClean signed for Sunderland in 2011. This year the FA has gotten involved.  Not to investigate the abuse hurled at McClean but his response through his Instagram account. James McClean’s sin was refusing to wear a… Read More »

Jimmy Revill

This is the first of 5 mini-stories of men with connections to Sheffield who fought in the First World War. Today the story of Jimmy Revill – the only Sheffield United player killed on the Western Front. Jimmy Revill was born in Sutton-in-Ashfield in Nottinghamshire on 14th June 1891.  He was a good footballer and… Read More »

100 years since the end of World War 1

Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. This was the first truly global war and became – until just over 20 years later – the most horrific war in history.  This was a war unlike those that went before.  It was a war between industrialised first world countries employing,… Read More »

Pilgrimage begins

Today I begin a 4 day trip to the Western Front of the First World War.  I am one of the staff taking a group of pupils on a visit to the Somme and Ypres. We travel to our base in France today.  Tomorrow we visit the Somme and try to give our students some… Read More »

We will remember them…

On this, the 98th anniversary of the end of the First World War, As well as my grandad who fought on the Somme and his older brother George who was killed there, I’d like to pay homage to Sgt William Streets. Will was a precocious young man from Whitwell in North Derbyshire.  He was offered… Read More »

A letter from the Western Front

Again, looking back at a previous blog, I came across a post concerning my Grandad in the first world war.  I thought I’d re-post it here.  This is an update on a post I made on 5th August 2014… My interest in the history of the first world war was started by very brief conversations… Read More »