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Interesting Facts/Dates

  • 1908 - The Territorial Force is formed
  • 1914 - Arthyr Martin-Leake, a surgeon in the RAMC, is the first person to be awarded the Victoria Cross twice. He was awarded it first in 1902, during the Boer War, for tending wounded when under fire and the second in 1914 for similar heroism.
  • 1914 The First World War Begins
  • 1914 - Private James Brown's dog appears in the trenches at Armentieres after going missing from his home in London a few weeks earlier.
  • 1915 - British soldiers are the first victims of poison gas when the German Army uses it for the first time in Flanders.
  • 1916 - Tanks are used for the first time in the battle of Flers-Courcelette during the First World War.
  • 1916 - Steel helmets are introduced for the first time, this reduces the amount of head wounds by 75%.
  • 1917 - During a camel charge against Turkish infantry, Lawrence of Arabia accidentally shoots his camel in the back of the head.
  • 1917 - The Women's Army Auxiliary Corps are formed. This is the first time that non-nursing women are recruited into the army.
  • 1918 - 11th November at 1100 hrs marked the end of the First World War. This day is now known as Remembrance Sunday and commemorates those who died in World War I and World War II. A national ceremony is held at the Cenotaph on Whitehall, London.
  • 1939 - Second World War begins - 3rd September, British and France declare war on Germany
  • 1940 - Germany launches bombing blitz on Britain, the first of 57 consecutive nights of bombing.
  • 1945 - 8th of May marked 'Victory in Europe' (VE) Day. It marked the formal end of Hitler's war.
  • 1948 - Four Ghurkha regiments are transferred from the Indian Army to the British Army, forming the Brigade of Ghurkhas.
  • 1982 - April 5th, Royal Navy fleet sails from Portsmouth for Falklands
  • 1982 - May 28th, First land battle in Falklands
  • 1982 - IRA bombings in London (Hyde Park and Regents Park)
  • 2003 - British forces Invade Iraq. A total of 179 men have died in the war.
  • 2006 - Alice Baker dies, aged 107. She was the last female service veteran of World War 1.