October 30, 1914

Cracking read as ever

Great War Reports

fireworks web

R. Ward of St John Street decided on a topical approach to promoting the sale of fireworks – claiming they were suitable for blowing up the German Emperor.

On Page 5 one headline in particular catches the eye; although it does not stand out typographically the story demands to be read:

Derby lad wins VC.
Thrilling account of British pluck.

The lengthy account, credited to the Wesley Brotherhood Magazine told how 19-year-old Driver Fred Osbourne together with Sgt Major Farrell and Gunner Darbyshire of the Royal Horse Artillery, dubbed “The Undaunted Three” made a gallant stand after all other men in their battery had been killed or wounded in a fierce battle with German guns. Despite being wounded themselves and having a shortage of ammunition they used precision firing to knock out 12 German guns one by one.

Page 6 of the Telegraph carries a short report on the death…

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