After their extended stay in Omsk, the 1/9th Hampshires were ordered to travel west to Ekaterinburg at the foot of the Urals mountain range where the continents of Europe and Asia meet. They arrived in May 1919. Ekaterinburg was the city where the Bolsheviks had executed Tsar Nicholas II and his family the year before. […]
Author: Carolyn Thornborow
Carolyn is an elected Parish Councillor in the Soar Valley, Leicestershire and is also a lay preacher in the Methodist Church. She has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for many years, travelling extensively in the USA and Europe (in person) and further afield (virtually). Carolyn is into all things “green” and is still trying to learn to crochet.
The 1/9th Hampshires arrived at the railway station in Omsk on 7 January 1919. The Hampshires stayed in Omsk all winter, with temperatures reaching minus 50º centigrade at times.
Novonikolayevsk was founded in 1893 and named in honour of both Saint Nicholas and the then reigning Tsar Nicholas II. The frontier settlement developed rapidly, becoming one of the largest commercial and industrial centres in Siberia.
Pumpkins are appearing in the shops and some may have arrived on a doorstep near you. Yes, it is Halloween, although whether trick or treat will be as popular this year is debatable. Halloween (more formally known as the Eve of All Souls Day) is celebrated on the same day as Reformation Day but in […]
Do you recall what you were doing when the UK supreme court announced its decision on Boris Johnson’s attempt to prorogue parliament last year? His ‘do or die’ strategy to ensure the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union was meeting resistance in Westminster and he thought prorogation was a possible way past this. There was […]
This photograph shows the first (and often only) notice that most of us ever have of a planning application in our neighbourhood. It’s an A4 piece of paper tied to a lamppost with a bit of string, at roughly the level of most people’s eyesight. But for how much longer? The authors of the government’s […]