Acknowledgements

None of this website would have been possible without the assistance time and generosity of so many people.  There have been so many who have offered assistance over the past 12 years that it's almost impossible to thank everyone.  If I have missed anyone by name, be assured I have no missed you in my heart and I thank you for all you have done.


My father Edward, another Old Bloxhamist took me to my first Commonwealth War Graves cemetery (Canadian Cemetery No.2 at Vimy Ridge - in case you were wondering) probably 25 years ago.  That visit, combined with his expert knowledge and overall enthusiasm for all things Great War rubbed off on me. We have visited well over 1000 cemeteries together, and have clocked up many thousands of miles between France, Belgium and Gallipoli around the battlefields.  A finer travelling companion and friend I could not wish for.


Simon Batten, History Master at Bloxham School has been a constant help, and over the years has become a good friend.  His endless enthusiasm for this project, and his assistance with the School Archives have been quite invaluable.  I've also learnt quite a lot about wine, so I thank you for that!


Many people have donated much time to this project and I would like to thank especially Major Mac, Charlotte Cardoen-Descamps and her family at Varlet Farm, Dirk, Martine Warlope on the Somme for the amazing space age house and equally amazing sausages; David Buckle, Andrew Radgick, Simon Goodwin, Barry Davis, Gordon Eckstein, Chris Baker, Paul Reed, Aurel Sercu from Boesinghe, Will O'Brien and the little O'Briens, Andy Pay (a mine of information on all things Rifle Brigade) and "Sarah" at the National Archives of Zimbabwe - I hope you stay safe.


The original Kwak-Squad, Hobbit and Ian, thanks for the Jolly Boys Outings to the battlefields - always a memorable trip.


Finally, thanks most of all to my long suffering wife Kirsty.  She has remained in good humour (most of the time) as the living room floor disappeared under more and more piles of papers, more bookshelves had to be built to house the ever increasing collection of Great War books.  She has humoured me and we trudged through the woods of France and Flanders, in the rain in search of "just one more headstone picture I promise."


Most of all she has welcomed the ghosts of the past into our life, and for that I am eternally grateful.


Matt Dixon

October 2015