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Londonpast is London history in mostly big files

A new addition is the haunted London book from gutenberg.org which has a plethora of interesting facts about early London, including Pepys.

And here are some amazing books by Walter besant on the history of London, through time, and in specific areas, too

  1. London - Roman, Saxon and Norman,
  2. London - After the Romans to George II/a>,
  3. Mediaevil London - Henry II to Richard III,
  4. Mediaevil London - Volume 2,
  5. London in Tudor Times,
  6. then London history through time,
  7. and more about London in Stuart times
  8. and more about London and 50 years of Queen Victoria
  9. Brilliant book on St Pauls with many briliant engravings and pictures etc
  10. Now a little more modern, we have the City of London,
  11. plus more about just Strand and district
  12. plus more about just Westminster
  13. an introduction to East London
  14. Chronicles of London Bridge


Plus a plethora on the first world war 1914 to 1918

Germany invaded Belgium on the 5th August 1914. A few days later, the British government declared war on Germany. This was the start of a long, and devastating war between the countries; and around the world.

The British Army was quickly deployed as the British Expeditionary Force. It was small, but also made up of professional soldiers; and in 1914 it can be followed through the pages of the First Seven Divisions from Mons to Ypres; and also through the history of the Royal Fusiliers throughout the war.

The German army had about 2.1 million soldiers and 1.7 million older reservists, the French 3.6 million; the Belgians ; and then there was the British army of about 200,000 spread around the Empire; plus 270,000 territorials!

The official "final and corrected" casualty figures for the British Army, including the Territorial Force , were issued on 10 March 1921. The losses for the period between 4 August 1914, and 30 September 1919, included 573,507 "killed in action, died from wounds and died of other causes" and 254,176 missing (minus 154,308 released prisoners), for a net total of 673,375 dead and missing. Casualty figures also indicated that there were 1,643,469 wounded.

The Divisions in the British Army on active service during the Great War were as follows:

Regular. Guards, ist to the 8th, 27th, 28th, 29th, ist, 2nd and 3rd Cavalry Divisions.

Service. 9th (Scottish), 10th (Irish), 11th (Northern), 12th (Eastern), 13th (Western), 14th (Light), 15th (Scottish), 16th (Irish), 17th (Northern), 18th (Eastern), 19th (Western), 20th (Light), 21st, 22nd (Western), 23rd (Northern), 24th (Eastern), 25th, 26th (Scottish), 30th, 31st, 32nd, 33rd, 34th, 35th, 36th (Ulster), 37th, 38th (Welsh), 39th, 40th, 41st (Eastern), 63rd (R. Naval).

Territorial. 42nd (E. Lanes), 43rd (Wessex), 46th (N. Midland), 47th (London), 48th (S. Midland), 49th (W. Riding), 50th (Northumbrian), 51st (Highland), 52nd (Lowland), 53rd (Welsh), 54th (E. Anglian), 55th (W. Lanes), 56th (London), 57th (W. Lancs), 58th (London), 59th (N. Midland), 60th (London), 6ist (S. Midland), 62nd (W. Riding), 66th (E. Lanes.), 74th (Yeomanry dismounted), 75th.

In accordance with official practice the Battalions of the London Regiment are referred to throughout by numbers only. Their names were as follows :

1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th (Royal Fusiliers), 5th (London Rifle Brigade), 6th (Rifles), 8th (Post Office Rifles), 9th (Queen Victoria's Rifles), 10th (Hackney), 11th (Finsbury Rifles), 12th (The Rangers), 13th (Princess Louise's Kensington Battalion), 14th (London Scottish), 15th (Prince of Wales's Own, Civil Service Rifles), 16th (Queen's Westminster Rifles), 17th (Poplar and Stepney Rifles), 18th (London Irish Rifles), 19th (St. Pancras), 20th (Blackheath and Woolwich), 21st (First Surrey Rifles), 22nd and 24th (The Queen's), 25th (Cyclist) and 28th (Artists' Rifles).

Events Leading up to the Great War

The Western Front, 1914.

The Western Front, 1915

The Western Front, 1916.

The Western Front, 1917

VI. Western Front, 1918. — The Somme (German offensive), the Lys, the Aisne, the Marne, Amiens, the Somme (Allied offensive). Arras, Havrincourt and Epehy, Cambrai and the Hindenburg line, Flanders, Le Cateau, the Selle and the Sambre, Armistice

VII. The Royal Navy

VIII. The Royal Air Force

IX. Gallipoli

X. Egypt and Palestine .

XI Mesopotamia

XII. Salonica

XIII. British Troops in Italy

XIV. British Troops in Russia

XV.  British Troops in Africa

XVI. Deaths from Disease .

XVII. Summary

The final armistice was signed on the 11th November 1918 for cessation of hostilities, at 11 o'clock.

In 1920, the London County Council created a book commemorating all of its employees who served in the Great War, i.e. the First World War ) 1914 - 1918. There is a summary listing of many thousands of employees and some brief detail about their service.
I also list from a number of sources, a simplistic breakdown of the campaigns which happened during this period.
Also listed on a separate site are a number of individual regiment histories, e.g. the Artists Rifles and the First Sportsmans and a number of Gallantry awards.

Finally, here are the London 4th Battalion, the Seventh Manchesters and the Sherwood ForestersSherwood Foresters and finally the London University Officers Training Corps.

And Last updated on: Thursday, 07-Jan-2021 15:59:08 GMT