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About Henry Elkins

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

A recce in France

Over the past three decades, as an amateur enthusiast without significant expert in the subject, I have done a good deal of military history research in all the usual places – not least in Belgium/France, Italy and Gallipoli (WW1) and in France, Belgium and Portugal (the Duke of Wellington at [...]

June 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

Around and around

I have just returned from a stay with a pal of forty years and more, a far more well-read and sociable cove than me. It was a fascinating experience as I knew it would be. I’ve rarely read much purely for pleasure, which he does on practically a daily basis and I admire him for it. Instead I have [...]

June 2, 2018 // 0 Comments

Getting it right, but also across …

In July, with four others. I am scheduled to take part in an (unguided) WW2 battlefield tour of Normandy. Actually in the interests of  accuracy I ought perhaps to qualify the term ‘unguided’: one of our number is an officially-accredited WW1 tour guide and all us are veterans of [...]

May 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

A night at the … er … Theatre

Last night I was privileged to join Tim Holford-Smith to see Rufus Hound star as Garry Essendine, an actor suffering something of a mid-life crisis, in the latest revival of Noel Coward’s semi-autobiographical Present Laughter at the Chichester Festival Theatre, a clever but perhaps (to 21st [...]

May 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

Riviera at War//George Kundahl

This is a most detailed account of World War 2 on the Riviera by American writer George Kundahl. Sometimes it is difficult to extricate themes from the mass of statistic. Nonetheless the account serves to enlighten the reader on a relatively undocumented region and theatre of war. The Riviera [...]

April 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

There’s nowt so queer as folk (again)

It is a universal given that there are certain types – one might say stereotypes – of executives in all walks of life. We could all list our own selection and I trust I won’t bore the reader unduly by offering a version of mine as an opening gambit: *the unrestrainable and supremely [...]

March 30, 2018 // 0 Comments

A worthy man remembered – then and now

Sometimes life and historical research combine to throw up seemingly puzzling or even random media attention and/or ‘issues of the moment’. Take the current splash of publicity surrounding the remarkable tale of the splendid Walter Tull – the black or, to be specific, half-black [...]

March 26, 2018 // 0 Comments

A upgrade that has certainly worked

Yesterday to the Public Records Office at Kew in order to begin a new research campaign on subjects in both WW1 and WW2 respectively, this in advance of recce trips upon both to the continent and then informal group tours that I will be making later this year. I’d guess it has been about eighteen [...]

March 14, 2018 // 0 Comments

Rendezvous Russian Tea Rooms/ Paul Willetts

In  a recent post I referred to Mers el Kebir as an understated event in Winston Churchill’s Premiership and today in reviewing the above I shall be referring to another equally important but uncovered one. Archibald ‘Jock’ Ramsay MP This book is a true and gripping account of [...]

March 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Digging it up

Sometimes reports appear in the media that provide fascinating glimpses into the historical past. It’s all too easy to pour ‘seriously, what possible use is this to us today?’ scorn upon research into subjects like archaeology or the origins of the universe but – from my [...]

March 5, 2018 // 0 Comments

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