Sunday, 28 November 2021

55 Days at Peking (1963) full movie

 55 Days at Peking (1963)

A Sunday matinee from the old days. Pretty outdated now.

55 Days at Peking is a 1963 American epic historical war film dramatizing siege of the foreign legations' compounds in Peking (now known as Beijing) during the Boxer Rebellion, which took place in China from 1898 to 1900. It is based on the book by Noel Gerson and produced by Samuel Bronston for Allied Artists, with a screenplay by Philip Yordan and Bernard Gordon with uncredited contributions from Robert Hamer and Ben Barzman.

Tuesday, 16 November 2021

Another tunnelling book

 Here for more details. As I have mentioned before my Grandfather was in 254 tunnelling company of the Royal Engineers. I joined a Royal Engineers  historical group on Facebook and they kindly found some new information. I didn't realise he was wounded in March 1916 for example. Anyway if you want to see more on Tunnelling this page is pretty darn good.

this is what my Grandfather did. Mine rescue team equipped with torches, bellows, short-range breathing gear, Novita oxygen resuscitation kit, Proto apparatus, ropes and a canary in a cage. REM

HäT World war one Italians 1/72

 These have come out I believe.

Saturday, 6 November 2021

Men of the 68th (Durham) Regiment of Foot (Light Infantry), in winter dress, 1855 (c)

National Army Museum

Photograph by Roger Fenton (1819-1869), Crimean War, 1855 (c).

The 68th took part in the Battles of the Alma and Inkerman (1854) with Major-General Sir George Cathcart's 4th Division before joining the army in the trenches before Sevastopol.

More Crimean photos here

Crimean war memorial


Where I live Midsomer Norton has a memorial for a Crimean war soldier William Stukeley Savage. Here's an article in the local paper about it. He was in the 68th Durham Light infantry. Here for inscription.

From the wiki
Around 1866 an obelisk monument with two marble plaques was built at the site of St Chad's Well near the boundary of the grounds, close to Midsomer Norton town centre, by the mother of Major Frederick Stukeley Savage to her son who had been injured in the Crimean War. The decision to place the monument near the spring, which had long been used by the people of the town, resulted from her son's letters home from the war. He highlighted the problems the soldiers had gaining access to clean water, causing them many deaths from waterborne diseases. Although the Major did return from the war, he was an invalid and died ten years later. The writer Evelyn Waugh whose grandfather Alexander Waugh was the doctor in the town tells how the distraught Mrs Savage visited the memorial daily. "Here, in the evenings, the pathetic, wizened Mrs Savage was conducted in her wheel chair, attended by her faithful henchman, Jonah Shearn. The path to the well was set with shrubs, and if any weed had grown between their stems, the wheel chair was stopped before the offending vegetable, and Jonah, trowel in hand, dug it up and cast it in the stream that babbled by. Then she paused and read the inscription with a far-away look in her eyes. It was her tribute to an only child".