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Articles by Henry Elkins

About Henry Elkins

A keen researcher of family ancestors, Henry will be reporting on the centenary of World War One. More Posts

Two for the price of one

Today the world mourns two of its unlikely icons – overnight the deaths were announced of Christine Keeler, the girl at the centre of the infamous 1960s British sex scandal known as the Profumo Affair, and the legendary French ‘bad boy’ pop idol Johnny Hallyday at the ages of 75 and 74 [...]

December 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

Munich/Robert Harris

Munich by Robert Harris is one of those readable novels you can devour in one go. This perhaps surprising as we all know what happened in Munich in 1938. The main story is of  the collusion between Hugh Legat, an aspiring diplomat in the Foreign Office, and his friend at Oxford Paul von Hartmann, [...]

November 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

He may have said something interesting, but …

It was my lot yesterday to travel into central London in order to attend the annual lunch of an esteemed organisation with friends in high places. The venue was ancient, sophisticated and impressive and the lunch excellent in both quality and service for such a number. Many of those attending, all [...]

November 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

Over to you, God

It is a plan fact of life that, via nature or nurture, some people are just designed to irritate others. Here’s my story for today. Deep in my past I, partly because of my legal training, at one stage in my life I became involved in taking the minutes of board and other important meetings. [...]

October 27, 2017 // 0 Comments

Oh What a Lovely War

I am often asked how and why my interest in World War One began. The first long playing record I bought was the Joan Littlewood production  of Oh What A Lovely War in 1964. Yesterday in the car I listened to the whole of it. It starred two actors who are hardly known these days but huge talents: [...]

October 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

Pretending they were there

From time to time those of us who live relatively straightforward and uncomplicated lives come across media stories that seem to come from another (alien) world altogether. It’s one in which con artists, fraudsters, fantasists and Walter Mitty-types ‘live out’ lifestyle scenarios [...]

August 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

The effects of the First (or Great) World War

There is little doubt that the nation’s fascination with all matters relating to WW1 will continue for centuries. The reasons for this are bound up in such issues its status as a major milestone on human society’s perhaps inevitable route to potential self-annihilation; the fact that [...]

August 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

What comes around

It so happens that, via a chance meeting a couple of years ago in a quite different context, this September I shall be setting off with an informal group of WW1 enthusiasts to tour a section of the battlefields of Verdun. Our plan is that, on the way back to the Eurotunnel terminal at Calais, we [...]

July 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

A life on the ocean wave

Earlier this year some neighbours of my father went on a ‘wrong way around the world’ sea cruise trip to New Zealand before eventually making the return journey by air. If memory serves, the sea cruise leg of their odyssey took them seven or eight weeks. Some time after they got back [...]

July 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

Another prodigy who fell in WW1

Here’s an article by Andy Bull that Rust readers and sports lovers everywhere should read – especially if (like me) you’d never heard or seen of Norman Callaway previously – as appears today on the website of  – THE [...]

May 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

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