Can you identify children with Santa at Christmas party in 1949?

AMANDA Snow, an appropriate seasonal name, sent in this picture of children enjoying their Christmas party at Southbourne Conservative Club in 1949.

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Motorcycle dispatch rider to Royal Navy Meteorologist – the career of a Great War serviceman

FROM motorcycle despatch rider with the Armoured Cars to forecasting the weather for airships as a lieutenant with the Royal Naval Air Service, Norman Silvester had a varied career during the Great War.

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New Years past: when revellers were treated for hypothermia and we looked forward to ‘the year of promise’

Searching for a star car

HERE’S something of interest for classic car buffs.

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Digging into family’s fortunes at war

THANKS to Eileen Wren of Chickerell for sharing this story of her well researched family tree.

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Hero First World War cousins are identified in photograph

MRS June Russell (nee Templeman) contacted the Echo after seeing the article on the men and women from East Cliff Congregational Church who fought in the Great War printed on November 5.

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Picture of Christmas parade on Holdenhurst Road from 100 years ago is a rare treat

PICTURES of Christmas parades in Bournemouth 100 years ago are relatively rare to find.

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A game for Christmas: Football on the Western Front, December 1914?

Any mention of football and the First World War will evoke the Christmas Truce of 1914 and the football match played in No Man’s Land. At the time many denied that a truce had occurred, let alone a football match between the combatants. This talk uses British Army War Diaries, individual soldier’s diaries, letters and newspapers to examine how citizen diplomacy apparently subverted the wishes of higher command, at least temporarily, to possibly have allowed some soldiers to enjoy a game for Christmas.

Iain Adams is the Principal Lecturer at the International Football Institute, a research partnership between The University of Central Lancashire and The National Football Museum. He lectures in sports history and culture and has published papers on the Christmas Truce and the football charges of the Great War.

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A game for Christmas: Football on the Western Front, December 1914?

Any mention of football and the First World War will evoke the Christmas Truce of 1914 and the football match played in No Man’s Land. At the time many denied that a truce had occurred, let alone a football match between the combatants. This talk uses British Army War Diaries, individual soldier’s diaries, letters and newspapers to examine how citizen diplomacy apparently subverted the wishes of higher command, at least temporarily, to possibly have allowed some soldiers to enjoy a game for Christmas.

Iain Adams is the Principal Lecturer at the International Football Institute, a research partnership between The University of Central Lancashire and The National Football Museum. He lectures in sports history and culture and has published papers on the Christmas Truce and the football charges of the Great War.

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