This Weeks New Research

There are Four new research pages this week in WW1 Lives, three junior officers in Infantry units and a Private in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Click on the Description Heading to find out more on them.

Training Accident

Philip Amyas Vaile (22), a 2nd Lieutenant in the London Regiment. Following injury at the Front Line in Flanders, he thought he was safe training others to fight.

John Henry Willis

John Willis was a British born soldier from Portsmouth who had gone to Canada to find a new life. At the start of the Great War, he answered the call to arms and joined the 24th Canadian Infantry Battalion (Quebec Regiment) as a Private. To find out more about his life click on the photo title.


Havelock Arthur Terence Plunkett, a young 19 year old Lieutenant, born and brought up in India, who joined the the 2nd Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) and who faced strong Turkish forces in Iraq.

Gordon Highlanders outside the ruined Cathedral in Arras, 24 January 1918. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: (Q 7261)

A Pill-Box in France

George Stewart Duncan (26) a 2nd Lieutenant, in the 6th Gordon Highlanders. A farmers son from Banffshire, who along with others, sought shelter from the artillery in a Pill-box.

Published by The Moon's a Balloon

I am based in the north of Scotland in the small village of Aberlour. Having served in the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards in the 1980's, I have a keen interest in military history, in particular the stories of those who served. I was a remote volunteer for the Imperial War Museum website, however that centenary project has now finished and I felt the need to continue with my research and hopefully it will be of interest to others.

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