On this day…

The Princess Beatrice exits Beechwood Tunnel. England, 4th July, 1914.

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On this day: British troops in 1916

The British Army on the Western Front, 1914-1918: Gunners of the Royal Garrison Artillery outside a bomb-proof dug-out at Reninghelst (Reningelst), Belgium. 15th June 1916.

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On this day: a war death at Easter

Rifleman Harry Edward Burnham, who worked on Fleet Street in London before the outbreak of the First World War. He was killed in action on the 8th of April, 1917, which was Easter Sunday. Married with two children, he was thirty-five at the time of his death.

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Rifleman_Harry_Edward_Burnham_Rifleman Harry Edward Burnham. Killed in action on Easter Sunday, 1917.

On this day: a Thanksgiving dinner at the Marine Barracks

US Thanksgiving Day fell on the 28th of November in 1918. The Marine Barracks at Fort Mifflin hosted a Thanksgiving dinner that evening.

This is the menu for the dinner, which included oyster soup, dressing and crackers, minced pie, creamed corn, and cigarettes and cigars on offer at the end. On either side of the menu are the names of the Marines at the barracks.

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On this day: the launch of the RMS Olympic

The RMS Olympic, sister-ship to the Titanic, was launched in Belfast, Ireland on the 20th of October, 1910.

As was common in the era of black and white photography, the hull of the ship was painted light grey so that the lines could be seen better when shown in pictures.

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