18 December 2017
Remembering Richard – the ‘Ace’ who fought in the greatest dogfight of the war
Tuesday 19 December marks 100 years since Captain Richard Aveline Maybery was killed in aerial combat during the First World War. Here is more about the man described as the “bravest and most dashing air fighter” by his commanding officer.
Sunday 25 March will mark 100 years since Second Lieutenant Walter Tull was killed while leading his men into action. Described as "a class superior to that shown by most of his colleagues", Walter was the football league’s first black outfield player, and later became the first black officer to lead white troops into battle.
A special ceremony has taken place at Abney Park Cemetery for a First World War serjeant major who has been given a CWGC headstone more than 100 years after his death.
On a misty morning in March 1918 a small group of soldiers faced being overwhelmed. Their task was to hold out for as long as they could. There was no chance of relief or rescue. They were led by a school teacher, Lieutenant Colonel Wilfrith Elstob, whose example would inspire them to fight to the bitter end. “The Manchester Regiment will defend Manchester Hill to the last” - was Elstob’s final communication on 21 March 1918.