The Shotwick 9 – the Canadian 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

Remembering the Shotwick 9 – Two incidents on one day

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

Remembering the Fallen

I bought my daughter a book of WW1 poetry recently and it has inadvertently started me on another quest. The search for local Commonwealth War Graves in my area from the first world war, hopefully telling you the tales of the fallen; respectfully attempting to remember them 100 years on. This all started with my … Continue reading Remembering the Fallen

The return of an old friend part 2

After getting my old Pentax ME Super fixed last week i had an opportunity to take it out for a shoot last week. It was the first time i had used it in over 32 years and it was incredible how everything instantly came back to me. I knew exactly where all the controls where, … Continue reading The return of an old friend part 2

Another sleeping stadium

Chester horse racing course, the oldest in the World, is another sporting venue in hibernation, awaiting the return of punters and all the other race goers who add to the carnival of a meeting. Starved of its excitement, the venue is re-inventing itself as a covid vaccination centre until such time as racing returns. And … Continue reading Another sleeping stadium

Air Sea Rescue heroes

Here in the UK we have a wonderful organisation called the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institute), a charity staffed by volunteers who devote themselves to saving lives at sea. As an island with over 11,000 miles of coastline you can imagine how important they are to us. Together with the Maritime & Coastguard Agency they … Continue reading Air Sea Rescue heroes