Thursday, 16 January 2020

Rare glimpse of a Field Ambulance in action

Very many thanks to Sylvie Mignot of the historical association in Estaires for discovering footage of a British Field Ambulance in action in the town in World War One. Cornish miners from Dolcoath in the 25th Field Ambulance were stationed in the area during the first year of the war (from November 1914 until early 1915).
The school where Sylvie works (the College du Sacre Coeur) was turned into a Field Ambulance.
These are screen grabs from the footage.

Thursday, 2 January 2020

Remembering a great Cornishman

The new year starts on a sad note with the news that Paddy Bradley has died.
Paddy, the historian who helped us so much with our World War One research, was Cornish through and through and seemed to know everything there was to know about Redruth where he was born and lived all his life.
He was also, in his time, a rugby legend - playing for his beloved Redruth and Cornwall.
He will be greatly missed.
His collection of postcards can be seen on this link.
RIP Paddy. It was such a pleasure to know you and work with you. 

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