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World War I

The Greenwood Tree – September 2018

The September edition of The Greenwood Tree is a Special Edition focusing on World War One to mark the upcoming centenary of the Armistice  It contains eight extra pages and will be mailed to members early in September The Editor, Paul Radford, previews this Special Edition, which SDFHS members can already download from the Members' Area of the Society’s website To mark the centenary of the Armistice, we invited members to tell their stories of the ancestors who went to war, the families...

The Greenwood Tree for November 2014

The Editor of The Greenwood Tree, Bob Barber, previews the contents of the November 2014 edition The November edition of The Greenwood Tree returns to the more usual format, after the single-themed edition in August It seemed appropriate to devote the majority of that issue to an event as important as the First World War We will still be featuring items on WW1 as part of the general run of articles, but also marking particularly important phases of the War Despite publishing eight extra pages,...

Commemorating the start of World War I

This weekend is the centenary of the start of World War I and yesterday (2nd August) we marked this with three fascinating talks at our Family History Centre by Col Iain Swinnerton, the Society’s Military Advisor and a renowned military and family historian Iain started by discussing the causes of the war and then moved on to talking about the history of the Somersetshire and Dorsetshire regiments and the role they played during the conflict After a tea break Iain then provided helpful...

The Greenwood Tree – August 2014

The August issue of the SDFHS journal, The Greenwood Tree, is now at the printers and will be distributed to all members shortly The Editor, Bob Barber, previews the contents of this very special edition As the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War approaches we will be subject to a rolling barrage of books, newspaper articles, television and radio programmes and local and national events and exhibitions The SDFHS is no exception in attempting to acknowledge the sacrifice...

The East Dorset Group hear about a Dorset-born Canadian, Ernest Seward.

Pat Hilbert and John Tanner of the SDFHS East Dorset Group describe their new venue The SDFHS East Dorset Group has now held its second meeting at its new venue, the Hilda Coles Learning Centre at the Priest's House Museum in Wimborne with around 30 attending on Monday 17 February to hear Alan Brown speaking on The Life and Times of Ernest Seward, a Dorset relative of his Ernest fought in the Boer War then emigrated to Manitoba but joined up again to fight in a Canadian regiment at the Somme...

Member and Guest Blogs Welcome

We welcome guest and member blog posts on any topic with a family history connection and invite you to send your contributions, which should include photo/photos, to the editor Barbara Elsmore