Under marble shields

Today marks the anniversary of the start of one of the most bloody battles of World War One. The Battle of the Somme. The battle took place between the 1st of July and the 18 November in 1916 and which by the end of the battle the British Army had suffered 420,000 casualties including nearlyContinue reading “Under marble shields”

Pickering wartime and 1940’s weekend

Once again the wartime and 1940’s weekend brought re-enactors, enthusiasts and visitors to Pickering and the surrounding areas to turn the clock back for a short time and immerse themselves into a bit of wartime nostalgia for the weekend…   See more of my work on my website and blogs… HERE Images copyright Ian ForsythContinue reading “Pickering wartime and 1940’s weekend”

An honourable thing

On Friday 13th March, 2015 a National Service of Commemoration is due to be held in the UK to mark the end of combat operations in Afghanistan. The event is an opportunity for the country to collectively pay tribute to the contribution made by all those who served in Afghanistan and who worked in theContinue reading “An honourable thing”

The Bombardment

Memorial events have been held today in Hartlepool, Whitby and Scarborough to commemorate a naval bombardment of the towns 100 hundred years ago, by German warships during World War One. Of the three towns Hartlepool was the most affected by the shelling with over 1,100 shells falling on the community during a frantic forty minuteContinue reading “The Bombardment”

Middlesbrough remembers…

A Remembrance Sunday ceremony held at the cenotaph in Middlesbrough in Cleveland earlier today saw veterans, serving soldiers and Army cadets join hundreds more members of the public to show their respects. Following the ceremony the troops marched along Linthorpe Road which was lined on both sides by the public. Remembrance Sunday is held onContinue reading “Middlesbrough remembers…”

The light’s go out in Yarm

To commemorate and remember the start of World War One on the 4th August, 1914 and as part of tributes and events taking place around the country the people of Yarm near Stockton came together last night to hold a service to show their respects to amongst the many thousands of others the 91 menContinue reading “The light’s go out in Yarm”

Strength of Mind

Serjeant* George Norton, 31, joined the Infantry in 1999 and served with 5 Battalion The Rifles. During his 15 year career he deployed to Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone and completed three tours of Iraq.  (*Traditionally in Rifles Battalions the spelling of Serjeant is with a ‘j’ rather than ‘g’ – a historical legacy from the Napoleonic wars.)Continue reading “Strength of Mind”

Middlesbrough Remembrance

Serving and former soldiers, Army cadets and members of the local community take part in a parade and service on Remembrance Sunday on November 10, 2013 in Middlesbrough, England. People all across the UK gathered to pay tribute to service personnel who have died in the two World Wars and subsequent conflicts, as part ofContinue reading “Middlesbrough Remembrance”

His duty done

When silence descends at 11am tomorrow morning and the majority of people around the country quietly acknowledge the sacrifice and commitment of the men and women of the armed forces with two minutes of quiet contemplation and respectful thoughts I will be photographing one of those services at my local war memorial in Saltburn. ItContinue reading “His duty done”

Don’t mention the war

Once again the popular Yorkshire War Weekend held at numerous locations throughout North Yorkshire this weekend brought thousands of visitors and participants to the towns and villages scattered around the county. Here are a few pictures from today in Pickering…