Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Author: James Patton (Page 1 of 33)

James (“Jim”) Patton BS BA MPA is a retired state official from Shawnee, Kansas and a frequent contributor to several WW1 e-publications, including "Roads to the Great War," "St. Mihiel Tripwire," "Over the Top" and "Medicine in the First World War." He has spent many hours walking the WW1 battlefields, and is also an authority on British regiments and a collector of their badges.
An Army Engineer during the Vietnam War, he does work for the US World War 1 Centennial Commission and has memberships in the WW1 Historical Association, the Western Front Association, the Indian Military Historical Society and the Salonika Campaign Society.

2/Lt. C.S. Lewis

Clive Staples “C.S.” Lewis (1898-1963) was a professor of English Literature, first at Oxford from 1926 -54 and then at Cambridge until shortly before his death. He was also a writer of novels, fantasy, Sci-fi, children’s books, poetry and Christian apologetics. Lewis shunned publicity and declined a CBE in 1951. He was a colleague and close friend of the “Lord of the Rings” author J.R.R. Tolkien and both were also veterans of the Western Front. ...read more

Poppy-Ganda

There will be a free Zoom lecture on Friday, October 9, 2020 at 1:00 pm EDT called: “Poppyganda: The Historical & Social Impact of a Flower.” The Poppy is an enduring symbol of WWI; however, the poppy’s association with warfare predates 1914, and its legacy is still evolving.  Dr. Mathew Leonard is a modern conflict archeologist at the University of Bristol in the UK. In 2015 he published his book entitled Poppyganda, in which he tells the story of the ‘flower of remembrance’ up to the present day. To register for this free event, click here. Be sure to blank out my registration details and enter your own instead. ...read more

A DH-4 in Flying Condition will come to Wichita

The Bleckley Airport Memorial Foundation has acquired an authentic Airco DH-4 aircraft and plans to restore it for inclusion in the collections they will have at their proposed memorial to 2nd Lieut. Erwin Bleckley, a Wichita native who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his deeds on October 6th, 1918. Bleckley has been the subject of several previous posts here. You can read two of them by clicking here or here. You can also read more about the Lost Battalion here. ...read more

The 2017 Ari Burnu Kerfuffle

At the north end of ANZAC Cove on the Gallipoli peninsula is a large free-standing tablet which bears this text:

‘Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives! You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Johnnies and Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours. You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well.’ ...read more

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