22nd September 1915 (Wednesday)

BORN TODAY: in Hayfield, Derbyshire, England – Leonard Swindley and Captain George Mainwaring.



9th February 1915 (Tuesday)

BORN TODAY: In Paddington, London – Lennard Pearce, theatre and later television actor best known (in England, but perhaps no wider) as Edward Kitchener “Ted” Trotter (“grandad”).




28th December 1914 (Monday)

BORN TODAY: Stan Ogden.



How the other half lives: Major General Sir John Hanbury-Williams, GCVO (Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order), KCB (Knight Commander of Britain), CMG (Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George) lunches with His Imperial Highness Tsar Nicholas II, (last) Emperor of Russia, Grand Duke of Finland, and (titular) King of Poland, officially known as “Nicholas II, Emperor and Autocrat of All the Russias”. These august gentlemen exchange anecdotes about Sir John’s ancestor, Sir Charles Hanbury-Williams, who was Ambassador to Russia in the time of the Empress Catherine (in the 18th century).



On a stormy night in rural Essex in England, the Reverend Jospeh Thomas, who is also a “special corporal” (part-time volunteer policeman) disappears while on patrol. The next day he is found, drowned, presumed to have slipped and been carried away by floodwater during his patrol.


19th June 1914 (Friday)

BORN TODAY: in Overton County, Tennessee – Lester Raymond Flatt, bluegrass guitarist and mandolinist, and one half of the Foggy Mountain Boys (“Flatt and Scruggs”), possibly best known for the “Ballad of Jed Clampett”, the theme music to the 1960s TV sitcom “The Beverly Hillbillies”.


Mining Accidents: The Hillcrest Mine in Alberta, Canada is destoyed by multiple explosions which kill 189 miners, leaving 130 widows and 400 fatherless children in a community of around 1000 souls. It is (still) the worse mining accident in Canadian history, and at the time the third worst in the world.



5th June 1914 (Friday)

BORN TODAY: in London, England – Rose Lilian Hill, scholarship winner to the presitigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama; operatic soprano, actress, and member of the Royal Shakespeare Company; “who remains best known [!?] for her role as Madame Fanny La Fan in the British television series ‘Allo ‘Allo! “ [Wikipedia].



1st June 1914 (Monday)

BORN TODAY: in Vienna, Austria-Hungary – Franz Kraemer, Canadian broadcaster, and “pioneer of opera on TV”.


Society and Culture: In Vienna, Generalmajor Viktor Weber von Webenau becomes a member of the “Supreme Military Court”, quickly rising to the position of Vice President in July.


World Affairs: On a quiet Monday evening in the Balkans, 19 year old Gavrilo Princip and 18 year old Trifun Grabež, two young men with dreams of a better world, cross over the Drina River from Serbia to Bosnia with assassination on their minds.


Women’s suffrage: In the village of Wargrave in central England, suffragettes are suspected of starting the blaze which destroys the village church. (more dreams of a better world?).


Irish suffragettes: In Belfast, in British Ireland, suffragettes stage a “counter demonstration” when large numbers of mill-girls turn out to welcome the Unionist leader, Sir Edward Carson. In the ensuing fracas, “the [mill] girls caught one of the militant women, and, stripping her of nearly all clothing, spanked her with her own shoes. It was only with difficulty that the police,who were stopped by the mill hands, rescued the suffragette from her painful predicament.”  [The Melbourne Argus, 3rd June 1914]

(multiple dreams of a better world…)


25th February 1914 (Wednesday)

BORN TODAY: in Basingstoke, Hampshire – Leslie Thomas John Arlott, OBE, journalist, author, poet, wine connoiseur and doyen of cricket commentators.


Society and culture: New Zealand farmer and diarist George Adkin is re-united (temporarily) with his beloved Maud.