Simon Jones


Freelance historian, tour guide and museum curator, FRHistS, based in Windsor, UK.

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Understanding the 1914 Christmas Truce

Join me on a battlefield tour with The Cultural Experience:

Simon Jones Battlefield Tour Somme Poets 2019

The War Poets: Words, Music and Landscapes, 6th-9th July 2023

The Battles of the Marne & the Aisne 1914 – 1918

First & Last Shots 1914 & 1918

Medics & Padres in the Great War

Walking Ypres 1914-1918

Walking the Somme, Summer 2023

More Information about Battlefield Tours

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Who dug the Lochnagar Mine?  La mine Lochnagar’ en français


Understanding Chemical Warfare in the First World War

Underground Warfare

Buy Underground Warfare 1914-1918

2021-01-01YouTube: Talk Underground Warfare 1914-1918

EB-Literary Executors for the Vera Brittain Estate, 1970 and The Vera Brittain Fonds, McMaster University Library-CropBWenh

Where and how was Edward Brittain killed? The death in action of her brother Edward, in Italy in June 1918, forms the final tragedy of Vera Brittain’s memoir Testament of Youth.


Myths of Messines: Four Misconceptions about the 1917 Battle Re-examined


Understanding Chemical Warfare in the First World War


Shirebrook Miners in the Tunnelling Companies 

John Nash Over the Top SimonJonesHistorian

‘It was in fact pure murder’: John Nash’s ‘Over the Top’

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Who was Ivor Gurney’s ‘The Silent One’? The night attack by the 2/5th Glosters on 6-7 April 1917

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North Russia 1919: Britain’s first air-dropped chemical weapons


The most effective chemical attack ever staged: the gas attack at Caporetto, 24th October 1917

Edward Harrison

Edward Harrison, who gave his life to protect against poison gas


Yellow Cross: the advent of Mustard Gas in 1917


Yellow Cross: Measures to protect against Mustard Gas


My article: The First World War scientists who gave their lives to defeat poison gas


Anon. no longer: the author of ‘Man-at-Arms’ revealed

Conseils La Charge p39

Infiltration by Close Order: André Laffargue and the Attack of 9 May 1915

Luton Times and Advertiser - Saturday 18 November 1876

A Rifleman at Waterloo: my ancestor who served with the 95th.


Where did Vera Brittain serve in France during the First World War?

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My two-part article on the First British Gas Masks which appeared in Military Illustrated


A piece by Theo Emery about our visit to Belgium


Famous Verdun photographs which are not what they seem

German grenades in Rossignol Wood

Rossignol Wood

British gas casualties Bailleul May 1915

The First Gas Attacks, a Century On

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When chemical weapons were first dropped from the air, North Russia 1919


Link: Virtual Tour of Trenches and Tunnels excavated at La Boisselle, Somme, France

Parkes Ezekial

Video: Born Fighters: who were the Tunnellers? Paper to the conference ‘The Great War Underground’ held at the National Army Museum on 2 November 2013.

The soldier in the bottom righthand corner is believed to be first world war poet Isaac Rosenberg

Why the poet Isaac Rosenberg is not shown in First World War archive footage

The story behind a painting: ‘A German Attack on a Wet Morning’ by Harold Sandys Williamson

Peter Doyle via Twitter ez04lSEW

1917 Practice Tunnels on Salisbury Plain

New Yorker

A thoughtful article by Theo Emery after our visit to Ypres on 21-22 April 2015.

Walter Stamper Letter 2

‘We were simply blown to pieces’. An eyewitness account of the stand by Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry at Bellewaerde, 8th May 1915.

Setsas from Monte Sief

Col di Lana: the First World War in the Dolomite mountains

Monte Zovetto OP 2

The Italian Front in the First World War at Asiago: Monte Zovetto and Magnaboschi

Monte San Michele Schönburg Tunnel

The Italian Front in the First World War at Monte San Michele

British bunkers, Barenthal Road 1

The Italian Front in the First World War at Asiago: Granezza and Barenthal Road

Monte Sei Busi 1

The Italian Front in the First World War at Redipuglia and Monte Sei Busi

Celo Mt Svinjak Bovec valley P1000984

Trenches and Memorials from the First World War around Caporetto

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7 thoughts on “Simon Jones

  1. Hi Simon,
    I am creating a resource pack for a theatre production “The Disappearance of Dorothy Lawrence” and was hoping I could meet with you in July for a chat about the life of Ms Lawrence.
    I would be happy to meet in London or elsewhere if this would be more convenient.
    Best wishes and I look forward to hearing from you, Naomi

  2. I’m very impressed by the wealth of knowledge, fact, and memorial momentum of this page (‘page’ is too small a word).. I’m so glad to have found it. I don’t have anything approaching its wealth of knowledge, but I would hope I share a similar depth of feeling for the era and the Great War and what I tend to think of, reverentially, as the ‘poppy generation’. My grandfather fought in the Great War and was incarcerated in a P.O.W. cam (in Germany, I believe). He survived the war but could never speak a word about to his dying day at eighty-two years of age. Thank you, indeed.

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