To His Son Benedict from the Tower of London by John Hoskyns

19th-century engraving of The Trusty Servant, from the 1579 painting by John Hoskins [sic] The epigram attached to the Hoskyns family is ‘Imprison thy tongue or it will thee.’ In other words, keep your trap shut or you’ll end up in trouble! His descendants, which include the owner of this blog, still have similar problems because we tend … Continue reading To His Son Benedict from the Tower of London by John Hoskyns

Christmas 1914: Chandos Hoskyns in the Trenches

FROM THE ARCHIVE [yearly re-post] My maternal grandfather, Chandos Hoskyns was commissioned into The Rifle Brigade [Greenjackets] in 1914. During The Great War, he fought in Thessaloniki, Greece, and in the trenches of France from where he sent the following letter in which he tells his family about something surprising and unusual. 2nd Bn Rifle Bde. … Continue reading Christmas 1914: Chandos Hoskyns in the Trenches

Christmas 1914: Chandos Hoskyns in the Trenches

FROM THE ARCHIVE My maternal grandfather, Chandos Hoskyns was commissioned into The Rifle Brigade [Greenjackets] in 1914. During The Great War, he fought in Thessaloniki, Greece, and in the trenches of France from where he sent the following letter in which he tells his family about something surprising and unusual. 2nd Bn Rifle Bde. 25th Inf … Continue reading Christmas 1914: Chandos Hoskyns in the Trenches

Christmas 1914: Chandos Hoskyns in the Trenches

My maternal grandfather, Chandos Hoskyns was commissioned into The Rifle Brigade [Greenjackets] in 1914. During The Great War, he fought in Thessaloniki, Greece, and in the trenches of France from where he sent the following letter in which he tells his family about something surprising and unusual. 2nd Bn Rifle Bde. 25th Inf Bde. 8th Divn. … Continue reading Christmas 1914: Chandos Hoskyns in the Trenches

George V’s Coronation 1911 — ‘…hats were waving and everybody was yelling…’ | First Night History

FROM THE ARCHIVE: 22nd June 2014 Today, 22 June, in 1911, George V was crowned in Westminster Abbey. My great-aunt, Diana Thomas, née Hoskyns, was ten years old when he came to the throne. Her description of the Coronation … Source: George V’s Coronation 1911 — ‘…hats were waving and everybody was yelling…’ | First Night History

George V’s Coronation 1911 — ‘…hats were waving and everybody was yelling…’

  Today, 22 June, in 1911, George V was crowned in Westminster Abbey. My great-aunt, Diana Thomas, née Hoskyns, was ten years old when he came to the throne. Her description of the Coronation procession through the streets of London is touching in its enthusiasm. God save the King! The King’s Progress – Hurrah!!!!! Second Day of … Continue reading George V’s Coronation 1911 — ‘…hats were waving and everybody was yelling…’

Sicilian Earthquake 28 December 1908

At 5.20am on 28th December, 1908, an earthquake of a 7.5-magnitude struck the coast of Sicily and shattered thousands of lives. The death toll of over 100,00 people comprised Sicilians and mainland Italians, and destroyed several towns, most notably, Messina, a city of 158,000, where ‘about one in every three perished‘. As with so many disasters … Continue reading Sicilian Earthquake 28 December 1908

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Welcome to First Night History! As my subtitle asks, how can we improve our future if we don’t understand the past. I have always been passionate about history partly, I suspect, because of my desire to find out why my parents were as they were, which was problematic! I had the good fortune to be able to … Continue reading About