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Britain's oldest Girl Guide, 99, receives Empire medal after more than eight decades of service

Britain's oldest Girl Guide, 99, receives Empire medal after more than eight decades of service | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Margaret Rigby from Chorley, Lancashire, (pictured) has devoted most of her life to the group - and has just received a British Medal Empire in the New Year's Honours List for her efforts.
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Tributes as Dick Starkey, one of the last surviving Lancaster bomber pilots who was captured by the Nazis and held in infamous Stalag Luft III PoW camp, dies aged 91

Tributes as Dick Starkey, one of the last surviving Lancaster bomber pilots who was captured by the Nazis and held in infamous Stalag Luft III PoW camp, dies aged 91 | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Dick Starkey, from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, was shot down after 22 missions and sent to the infamous Stalag Luft III German prisoner-of-war camp, immortalised by Hollywood in The Great Escape.
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Century of commercial airline flight to be marked with re-enactment of first fare-paying journey over Florida

Century of commercial airline flight to be marked with re-enactment of first fare-paying journey over Florida | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
On January 1 1914 the St Petersburg-Tampa Airboat line was able to make a 23-minute flight across Tampa Bay in Florida.
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Did Queen Victoria talk to the ghost of her darling Albert? A new book says the grieving Queen held bizarre seances - with her 'lover' John Brown channelling the dead Prince's spirit

Did Queen Victoria talk to the ghost of her darling Albert? A new book says the grieving Queen held bizarre seances - with her 'lover' John Brown channelling the dead Prince's spirit | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
A new book by Irish author J.H. Brennan, argues the Queen’s senior courtiers went to great lengths to keep the seances secret, fearing news of them would lead to rumours that the Queen had lost her Christian faith, or even her sanity.
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Death row in wartime: British Pathe releases harrowing archive footage of executions during conflicts across the world

Death row in wartime: British Pathe releases harrowing archive footage of executions during conflicts across the world | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The man was one of several Germans killed by a US military firing squad just outside the town of Braunschweig, Germany in 1945 because he deemed a spy.
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Century-old box of negatives discovered in Antarctica by conservators reveals brand new images of ill-fated mission

Century-old box of negatives discovered in Antarctica by conservators reveals brand new images of ill-fated mission | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Conservators in the Antarctic have discovered a box full of negatives taken by the ill-fated Ross Sea Party between 1914 and 1917, preserved in ice.
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Roman 'Christmas' was like OURS: Expert claims ancient society gave jumpers, Kindle-like devices and suffered from indigestion

Roman 'Christmas' was like OURS: Expert claims ancient society gave jumpers, Kindle-like devices and suffered from indigestion | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Dr Matthew Nicholls of Reading University revealed the striking similarities when analysing texts written by the Roman poet Martial and philosopher Seneca.
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War hero, 90, who was shot during WWII finally has sniper's bullet removed from his hip - at his cremation

War hero, 90, who was shot during WWII finally has sniper's bullet removed from his hip - at his cremation | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Jack Mansell, pictured at 19, left, and in 2004, right, was just 21 when he was shot during Operation Market Garden in Arnhem, The Netherlands.
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The road to Rome: Rare photos of American and Allied soldiers' fight to conquer Italy in Second World War

The road to Rome: Rare photos of American and Allied soldiers' fight to conquer Italy in Second World War | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The tides of war turned irrevocably in favor of the Allied forces in July 1943 when 150,000 British and American soldiers swarmed the shores of Sicily at the start of World War II's bloody Italian Campaign.
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Queen gives royal pardon to Alan Turing, the WWII codebreaking hero who was convicted for being gay then sterilised by the state

Queen gives royal pardon to Alan Turing, the WWII codebreaking hero who was convicted for being gay then sterilised by the state | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Mathematician Alan Turing was instrumental in cracking the enigma codes, but he took his own life after he was convicted of homosexual activity. The pardon follows a long campaign to restore his reputation.
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Love and life in 1950s Brooklyn: Arresting images of a teen gang as they come of age in their neighborhood

Love and life in 1950s Brooklyn: Arresting images of a teen gang as they come of age in their neighborhood | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The collection, titled Brooklyn Gang, were taken by renowned photographer Bruce Davidson, who has dedicated his career to documenting New York City life and culture.
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Tragic demise of the owner of a lost 100-year-old teddy: Bear left in an airport belonged to a man who was killed in Baghdad in WWI

Tragic demise of the owner of a lost 100-year-old teddy: Bear left in an airport belonged to a man who was killed in Baghdad in WWI | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The bear, which has one eye and a floppy ear, was found last year in a bag at Bristol Airport with a photo, from 1918, of him being cuddled by two little girls.
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Former Nazi death camp guards probed over role in mass murder

Former Nazi death camp guards probed over role in mass murder | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Prosecutors in Germany are investigating 24 suspects, including Charlotte S (pictured), who was a guard at Ravensbruck concentration camp where Anne Frank was briefly incarcerated.
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Are these bones victims of the body snatchers? Five skeletons found behind Scottish townhouse may be victims of 19th century murderers William Hare and William Burke

Are these bones victims of the body snatchers? Five skeletons found  behind Scottish townhouse may be victims of 19th century murderers William Hare and William Burke | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Archaeologists say the five bodies - four adults and one child - found in Grove Street, Edinburgh, date back to the early 19th century and could be victims of the infamous pair.
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'In honour of all those who gave their lives in the cause of freedom': Cameron lays cross in tribute to great great uncle killed during WWI as he visits Belgium battlefields

'In honour of all those who gave their lives in the cause of freedom': Cameron lays cross in tribute to great great uncle killed during WWI as he visits Belgium battlefields | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The Prime Minister visited the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium to see the inscription to Captain John Geddes, who was the first of five members of the Cameron family to die during battle.
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Brunel's Eighth Wonder of the World restored: Grand entrance to world's first underwater tunnel will return to glory after 145 years

Brunel's Eighth Wonder of the World restored: Grand entrance to world's first underwater tunnel will return to glory after 145 years | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
EXCLUSIVE: The Thames Tunnel's magnificent chamber teemed with a million visitors in the first month after it opened in 1843, but when the tunnel converted to take trains in 1869 it lay redundant.
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Christmas with the GIs: How American soldiers proved a huge hit with British families during WWII as they 'filled the chairs left empty by British fighting men'

Christmas with the GIs: How American soldiers proved a huge hit with British families during WWII as they 'filled the chairs left empty by British fighting men' | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
With British soldiers away in Europe, in 1942 war-hit families were issued with an urgent plea to invite American GIs to share their Christmas celebrations.
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'Your image fills my entire soul': Letter from Prince Albert to his 'dearest deeply loved Victoria' displayed for the first time

'Your image fills my entire soul': Letter from Prince Albert to his 'dearest deeply loved Victoria' displayed for the first time | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The German royal describes how his 20-year-old fiancée's beauty burned his 'whole soul', and how he dreams of the moment their hands touched.
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Pictured: The England rugby team pose for a last photograph just months before being called up to fight in the First World War where seven of them would perish

Pictured: The England rugby team pose for a last photograph just months before being called up to fight in the First World War where seven of them would perish | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The team went on to win the match against rivals Scotland 16-15, but within months most were called up to join the war effort - with many of them dying before the end of the conflict.
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A monster off the British coast: Rusting hulk of World War One German U-boat emerges after almost a century

A monster off the British coast: Rusting hulk of World War One German U-boat emerges after almost a century | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
The wreckage, which is beached in a remote area of mudflats on the banks of the River Medway in Hoo, Kent, was revealed after low tides.
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'We don't trust you and ye hae been four months shooting as us': Recently discovered photographs reveal the stubborn soldiers who refused to play ball in WW1 Christmas truce

'We don't trust you and ye hae been four months shooting as us': Recently discovered photographs reveal the stubborn soldiers who refused to play ball in WW1 Christmas truce | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
Instead of shaking hands with the Germans, the 1st Cameronians did what they could to make Christmas Day 1914 as memorable as possible.
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The wall of love and sorrow: What would you write to your loved ones if you only had hours to live? Read these haunting messages scratched in a Gestapo cell

The wall of love and sorrow: What would you write to your loved ones if you only had hours to live? Read these haunting messages scratched in a Gestapo cell | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
When the SS took Tola a few days before her 20th birthday, she scribbled the name of her lover on the wall of her cell in Cologne's Gestapo headquarters.
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Collection of vintage posters worth £15,000 from the Golden Age of British travel is found under carpet of a rundown house

Collection of vintage posters worth £15,000 from the Golden Age of British travel is found under carpet of a rundown house | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
A property developer discovered the fascinating set of 1940s vintage posters of resorts around the UK underneath the carpet of a house he was renovating in Edinburgh.
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Druids' anger at archaeologists for displaying remains at Stonehenge

Druids' anger at archaeologists for displaying remains at Stonehenge | British Genealogy | Scoop.it
While the archaelogists say coming face-to-face with our ancestors provides a vital link to our past, while the druids want the bones to be respectfully reburied.
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