As I became interested in Genealogy I developed an interest in World War 1. Like many of my generation I can remember aspects of WW2 but my knowledge of the first one was confined to the tall stories told to me by my Grandfather of his exploits in India with the 1/5 Royal West Kent Regiment - which I totally believed of course!
You may like to visit the military links on the left.
- Charles Drayson Burch, my great uncle, who joined the Marines when he was 15 and died on the Somme in the battle of the Ancre with the Royal Naval Division.
- A Gallipoli Diary written by Joseph Moriarty of the Munster Fusiliers, covering his experiences on Gallipoli in 1915.
- The River Clyde Landing at V Beach, Gallipoli, a first hand account by Captain Guy Geddes.
- V Beach Landing, extracts from books and original material that helps to describe the events of 25 of April 1915.
- A Gallipoli Myth. The ANZACs weren't alone at Gallipoli - see the casualty figures - why doesn't the rest of the world commemorate their Gallipoli heroes?
- My Grandfather, William E. Osborn, who served with the Royal West Kent Regiment.
- To be added - Other family members - Grandfather Robert Burch - Royal Engineers, Henry Burch - RSM Grenadier Guards, Walter Burch who fought for Britain in WW1 and for Australia in WW2, Tom Drayson RSM Royal Field Artillery, John Charles Burch Royal Marines, and another relative who won the George Cross.
The black and white logo on the header came from a book called The War 1915 - for boys and girls, presented to my Father in 1915 by the Mayor of Bromley, his father W. E. Osborn was serving with the colours at the time.
The extract from the bible is mentioned in the book Covenant with Death by John Harris which is based on the Sheffield City Battalion - "The Sheffield Pals". A book I would recommend to anyone trying to imagine the feeling of ordinary men in WW1.
If you have any comments please e-mail me.