This Weeks New Research

There are Four new research pages this week in WW1 Lives, three junior officers in Infantry units, two of whom are brothers and a Nursing Sister in Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service. Click on the Description Heading to discover more information.

Royal London Hospital


Thomas Burdock Vaile, was an anaesthetist in the Royal London Hospital when he answered the call to service and was sent to the Mesopotamian Theatre of War.

Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway Rifles

Arthur Lancelot Bonner Plunkett was a an engineer who in his career assisted in the planning of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Born in India he was to join the Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway Rifles as a 2nd Lieutenant.

Edward Vaile

Sanctuary Wood

Edward Ernest Vaile, was a 24 yer old who had initially followed his brother into the Honourable Artillery Company as a Private soldier before being commissioned into the 3rd Worcestershire Regiment where he fought at Sanctuary Wood.

Nursing Sister Caroline Maud Edwards

A Terrible Explosion

Caroline Edwards was a nursing sister when she was invited aboard the cruiser H.M.S. Natal anchored on the Cromarty Firth to watch a film, when during the evening a terrible explosion occurred on the vessel.

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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