Saturday, 28 March 2020

Funeral of an Unknown Warrior.

As well as enjoying taking my own photographs, I also enjoy collecting old postcards, pictures, negatives and slides. I thought it might be of interest to start showing them on here alongside my own.

I thought I would start with these 2 postcards which were taken on the 11th November 1920 during the funeral of the unknown warrior.

The unknown warrior was selected by Brigadier L.J. Wyatt who was given a choice of soldiers whose remains had been exhumed from various battlefields and brought to a chapel at Saint Pol sur Ternoise, France on the night of November 7th 1920. Brigadier Wyatt was accompanied by Lieutenant Colonel E.A.S. Gell and neither man knew which battlefield each soldiers remains had been exhumed from. The remains had been placed in individual coffins covered by Union Flags, Brigadier Wyatt closed his eyes and rested his hand on one of the coffins which was then selected. The other soldiers remains were then taken away for reburial overseen by the Reverend George Kendall OBE.

The coffin of the unknown warrior then remained in the chapel overnight, and was transferred the following day with a guard and escort, as well as troops lining the route to the castle library, within the ancient citadel at Boulogne where it was guarded overnight by a company of soldiers from the French 8th Infantry Regiment.

On the 9th November 1920 the coffin was places within a casket made from oak timbers of trees within the grounds of Hampton Court Place. The casket was then affixed with a sword chosen personally by King George V from the Royal Collection and banded with iron. The shield that was fixed upon the top of the sword and casket bared the inscription "A British Warrior who fell in the Great War 1914-1918 for King and Country". The coffin was then drawn by six black horses on a French military wagon for the mile long journey to the harbour, The wagon being escorted by local schoolchildren and a division of French troops. The French infantry playing Aux Champs as the coffin left Boulogne.

The casket was met at the harbour by the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Verdun, and was piped aboard with the admirals call, whilst Marshal Foch the commander of the French Armies during the Great War saluted the casket before it was carried up the gangway. The ship left around noon and was joined by an escort of 6 battleships for it's journey across the channel. As the flotilla approached Dover it was greeted by a 19 gun Field Marshals salute.

The casket was landed on the 10th November and travelled from Dover Marine Railway Station to Victoria Station, London where it was to arrive at Platform 8 at 8.32 pm and remain overnight.

Placed on a gun carriage and drawn by 6 horses the casket began it's final journey on the morning of 11 November 1920 passing through large, silent and respectful crowds. Upon departure from Victoria, there was another Field Marshals salute fired in Hype Park. The cortege route passed Hyde Park Corner, The Mall and Whitehall where King George V unveiled the Cenotaph. It was then followed by the King, the Royal Family and ministers of state to Westminster Abbey where it was interred in the far western end of the nave, in soil brought from each of the main Great War battlefields. The grave is capped with a black Belgian marble stone and is the only tomb within Westminster Abbey that people are forbidden to walk. The ceremony included a guard of honour by 100 recipients of the Victoria Cross. The guest of honour at the service were a group of about 100 women who had lost their husbands and all their sons in the war. After internment the armed forces stood guard as tens of thousands of mourners filed past to pay their respects.

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Sunday, 22 March 2020

Sowerby Bridge, Then and Now

Sowerby Bridge, then and now is a short video I put together for my YouTube channel that features a collection of postcards and images taken around Sowerby Bridge at the turn of the 20th century, and a collection of modern images taken in similar positions to the original image.

The video includes street scenes, waterside scenes and architecture from around the town.
All the pictures feature details of where the image is.

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Sunday, 8 March 2020

Jubliee Class Locomotive 45562 Alberta.

The video that follows is a short one taken on the 29th February 2020. I also took 3 images from the video which can be seen below. 

On the day I was out for a walk through North Dean a woodland that stretchers along the valley from Copley to West Vale and up towards Greetland and Norland. The main railway line between Brighouse and Sowerby Bridge runs along the bottom of the woods and whilst out for my wonder I was made aware that a steam train was due to run along the line shortly, so I decided to set up along the line from the bridge that crossers the River Calder, arriving just as the Train was approaching from Greetland Junction. I had enough time to set up my action camera facing east and my phone facing west near to the track but a safe distance away, I didn't want to become a safety issue. 

The end result is the short video below, which can be seen here or on YouTube.

I can't push the point enough that although it may look close to the railway at no point was I anywhere near the trackbed. The following pictures are from my Flickr account, 3 have been taken from the video footage, 1 was a quick snap using my SLR camera.
Steam Train at Copley

Jubliee Class 45562 Alberta Passing Copley

Jubliee Class 45562 Alberta Passing Copley

Jubliee Class 45562 Alberta Passing Copley
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Sunday, 1 March 2020

North Dean Woods 29 February 2020

North Dean is a woodland that can be found along the Lindwell Bank hillside from Copley to Norland, and from West Vale to Greetland. There are many footpaths through the woods including part of the Calderdale Way, a 50 mile long footpath that runs around the district of Calderdale.

The wood gives a look in to the past as North Dean is a fine example of the type of woodland that used to cover large parts of the north of England. There are many different tree types visible whilst walking the woodland paths, they include Beech, Birch, Sycamore, Ash, Holly and Alder trees. In addition to the trees there are also many different plant types visible including Heather, Bluebells, Daisy's, Bilberry and Wood Sorrel.

Much of the wildlife that inhabits North Dean is nocturnal, with Squirrels, Rabbits, Foxes, Shrews, Voles, Mice and Hedgehogs all making the woods home but rarely seen. In the wetter part of the woods Frogs, Toads and Newts can also be seen, and there are over 50 species of birds recorded to have been in the woods depending on the season.

The woods main entrance can be found near Clay House at West Vale, although there are many other ways to enter the woods along the valley bottom and top. I entered at Copley near to ST Stephens Church at Copley. The River Calder and Railway run along the northern area of the woods and the Stainland Branch Line used to run through the north eastern section of North Dean too.

There are a total of 10 pictures to view, with the full set available here, on Flickr and on Clickasnap. They include a picture of a steam train running along the main line between Brighouse and Sowerby Bridge, as well as a single picture of St Stephens Church as I entered the woods.

North Dean Woods 29 2 2020
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St Stephens Church, Copley

North Dean Woods

North Dean Woods

Steam Train at Copley

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