Leslie Finlay Dun


This biography was written by Victoria Doran.

Leslie Dun was a well educated middle class young man from a Scottish background with a strong golfing connection, who died due to one lucky German shell strike during an otherwise rather quiet period on the Western Front.

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George Hindley


This biography was written by Victoria Doran.

George was a West Kirby lad born and bred for many generations, who enlisted early in the War, but was discharged as unfit for service within weeks. He was, however, classified A when conscripted in 1917.

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Research and Guiding Services Offered By The Founder of the Website

Dear Reader,

Stephen Roberts

Stephen Roberts

I have been a history teacher for over 30 years, but beginning at the end of July this year, I will be starting a new phase in my career: I am investing the skills and knowledge I have acquired as the result of being a trained historian, teacher, researcher and author into a small business which provides a unique combination of services.

You might have enjoyed reading the biographies on this website which have been written either by myself or by one of my colleagues. I can write biographies of your ancestors using the same resources and more. I offer a professional and friendly service at prices which are affordable and graduated according to the size of the biography which the available sources make it possible to write. Have a look at my business website for more details or ask me about it directly via email (address at the bottom of the page).

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Trenches at Auchonvillers, Somme

Trenches at Auchonvillers, Somme

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Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian’s Wall

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