How we use Cookies

The private thoughts of a teenage girl as war erupts

  • WW1

Dorothy Annie Curzon Priest was a pupil at King Edward VI High School for Girls from 1910-1914.

By the end of the First World War communities didn’t want grim reminders of how their brave soldiers had fallen

First World War commemorated across the West Midlands

A programme of free events to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War will take place between Saturday and Monday

A plot to bomb the Foreign Office in London in 1947 was foiled by a pilot from Birmingham and has now been chronicled in a new book

Plot to bomb London was thwarted by heroic pilot

New book tells story of ex-Spitfire pilot from Birmingham and how he foiled bomb mission

Nicolites electronic cigarettes

Malboro owner Philip Morris buys Nicocigs

Birmingham-based company behind the Nicolites brand acquired by global tobacco giant

A Bristol Beaufort like the one Arthur Aldridge flew in the war.

Torpedo flyer's tales of war - and Britain's 'kamikaze mission'

A Midland pilot who narrowly avoided a ‘one way’ mission to sink the famous German battleship Tirpitz has written a book about his amazing wartime exploits.

Peter Ayerst pictured in 2005 in Spitfire PK664, which was made at the Castle Bromwich factory in Birmingham

Former Spitfire test pilot and Battle of France survivor dies

Wing Commander Peter Ayerst, believed to be the last remaining survivor of the Battle of France has died at the age of 93.

Phil Shiner from Public Interest Lawyers in Birmingham

Lawyer who prosecuted soldiers gets death threats

Phil Shiner, from Birmingham-based Public Interest Lawyers, said that every day someone calls the firm to dish out vitriol


Afghan support must go on long after our troops leave - MP

The United Kingdom will have to continue supporting Afghanistan for many years to come.

Birmingham’s 1st City Battalion, aka the Birmingham Pals, in 1915

Website paints best picture yet of Birmingham's 'Pals'

Three ‘Pals’ battalions were raised in Birmingham, as young men flocked to sign up in 1914 during the fervour to serve king and country

Dr Chris Upton

How war brought out the best in Birmingham

Adolph Scott did indeed possess a whole filing-cabinet full of papers concerning British Army regiments. Could there be an innocent explanation?

From bankruptcy to e-cigarette baron for E-Lites' Adrian Everett

Adrian Everett’s rags to riches story has seen the E-Lites executive at the helm of a revolution in smoking habits, with 1.2 million Brits now turning to electronic cigarettes

British soldiers in Iraq

Public Interest Lawyers defend £22m inquiry into Iraq deaths

City-based Public Interest Lawyers were behind the huge legal challenge which was based around witness claims the men were taken prisoner by British soldiers, and later mistreated and murdered.

Wellesbourne Airfield

Flying school fears over homes threat to Wellesbourne Airfield

Wellesbourne Airfield faces an uncertain future after its owners, the Littler family, put it forward for consideration as part of Stratford-on-Avon District Council’s latest core strategy consultation, in a move which could see 1,600 homes built on the site

CGI of the planned HS2 rail line

HS2 petitions 'dreamt up to delay process', MP claims

It was vital that when considering the HS2 Bill that Parliament distinguished between these "vexatious" petitions and the genuine ones, added Transport Minister Robert Goodwill

Alan Barratt has seen worldwide demand for his Grenade product

Grenade investment sees family business valued at £35m

Solihull couple Alan and Juliet Barratt have sold a majority stake in Grenade, which sells a variety of weight management products around the world, to investment firm Grovepoint Capital

Coun John Lines looking at new homes for heroes in Bartley Green

Birmingham 'homes for heroes' axe defended

Labour cabinet member for development Coun Tahir Ali was grilled by the Edgbaston District Committee over his decision not to go ahead with the veteran’s homes planned for Loftus Close, in Bartley Green

Willoughby "Gus" Gullachsen updated

Tributes paid after photographer Willoughby Gullachsen dies

Willoughby Gullachsen, who has died aged 92, spent more than 70 years as a renowned photographer – in the process capturing 189 productions for the Birmingham Repertory Theatre

The doomed HMS A7 which sank with all of its 11 crew members on board

University of Birmingham researchers lead bid to solve mystery of submarine's final tragic mission

One of Britain’s first ever submarines ended up in a watery grave while taking part in training operations off the coast of Cornwall in January 1914 – just months before the outbreak of the First World War

Dr Chris Upton

A war of words and the rest is history

The First World War might be a hundred years young, but it’s still eminently capable of provoking controversy.

Ex servicemen and women have potential to be retrained as a professional financial advisers

Military redundancies 'could solve knowledge gap in finance sector'

Lighthouse Group says discipline, determination and attention to detail are essential to be a good financial adviser


Graeme Brown
Regional Head of Business
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Cillian O’ Brien
Business Reporter
Jon Griffin
Business Reporter
Alison Jones
Features writer
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor