With the lockdown easing here in the UK we are, at long last, able to travel around and visit places. It's been a long time since we could do this and the freedom, instead of being taken for granted, is truly appreciated. So, just to test the the waters, my wife and i left the … Continue reading A day in Shrewsbury
Had an hour to kill last week before doing a shoot so i took a stroll through Liverpool's Chinatown district, home to the oldest Chinese community in Europe. The paifang ( Chinese arch) is the largest of its kind outside of China.
A long time ago in a galaxy far far away......................... That's how pre-covid days feel. It's a strange time to be British. The nation mourns the loss one of our father figures, Prince Phillip, while also feeling glad over the easing of some important lockdown measures. Like a mole surfacing after hibernation we crawl slowly … Continue reading A New Hope
A few weeks ago i wrote a number of posts about 9 young trainee airmen from the first world war, buried in a small village cemetary on the English/ Welsh border. I wrote their stories, as best i could and what happened to them. The Shotwick 9 – South Africa and England. The Shotwick 9 – … Continue reading The Shotwick 9 – The airfield
This is the home of what remains of U534, the last U-Boat ever to set sail. On May 5th 1945, the day after all German forces had surrenderd U534 was spotted sailing of the Danish coast and was sunk by an RAF Liberator. Amazingly all the crew escaped but sadly two died waiting to be … Continue reading The last U-Boat
The regulations eased a bit this week. We can now met upto 6 other people outdoors and join family in their gardens. Shops open on April 12th so until then this is what our City High Streets look like here in the UK.
The last two stories belong to a South African and a Englishman born in France. Lieutenant Hugh Robert Fuhr RAF 67th Training Squadron - died 10am 14th June 1918 - aged 19 Born on August 24th 1898, he was the eldest son of Harry Augustus and Marie Elise Fuhr of 31 Upper Albert Rd, King … Continue reading The Shotwick 9 – South Africa and England.
Three of the airmen buried in Shotwick were from the USA, New York, Hyde Park & Arlington Heights to be specific. These are their stories. Lieutenant Leornard Sowersby Morange RAF 55th Training Dept Station - died 11 August 1918 - age 22 Son of Edward A and Julia Sowersby Morange of Bronxville, New York, USA. … Continue reading The Shotwick 9 – The American pilots
Amongst the 9 training fatalities at RAF Shotwick during the last year of WW1 there were 2 young Canadian men. This is their story. Lieutenant Harry Nelson Hastie RAF 9th Squadron - died 12th June 1918 aged 24 Lieutenant Harry Hastie was a pilot under instruction meaning he could fly solo. He was born on … Continue reading The Shotwick 9 – the Canadian pilots
I wrote yesterday about the WW1 pilots graves i have discovered in a village not far from where i live. This is the first of their stories. Flying Cadet Vernon Francis Gibson 51st Training Depot Station - British - died saturday November 9th 1918 aged 19 Vernon Gibson was only 19 years old when he … Continue reading Remembering the Shotwick 9 – Two incidents on one day