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Regimental Sergeant-Major George Beck, of 1st Warwickshire Regiment.

Midland soldier's poignant war diary reveals Christmas truce of December 1914

A Midland soldier lived through the incredible Christmas Truce of December 1914 - and now his diaries are being published.

Influential Warwickshire historian was antiquary to the stars in the 1600s

Sir William Dugdale in 1656
An influential historian from Warwickshire was antiquary to the stars in the 1600s. Chris Upton reports

Coventry-born architect set out to create a utopian dream in America

New Harmony in Indiana as it looks today. Thomas Whitwell sailed to America in 1825 to see his scheme come to fruition.
A Coventry-born designer joined forces with a social reformer to build a unique community in the US, writes Chris Upton

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Regimental Sergeant-Major George Beck, of 1st Warwickshire Regiment.

Midland soldier's poignant war diary reveals Christmas truce of December 1914

A Midland soldier lived through the incredible Christmas Truce of December 1914 - and now his diaries are being published.

Sir William Dugdale in 1656

Influential Warwickshire historian was antiquary to the stars in the 1600s

An influential historian from Warwickshire was antiquary to the stars in the 1600s. Chris Upton reports

New Harmony in Indiana as it looks today. Thomas Whitwell sailed to America in 1825 to see his scheme come to fruition.

Coventry-born architect set out to create a utopian dream in America

A Coventry-born designer joined forces with a social reformer to build a unique community in the US, writes Chris Upton

Aethelflaed in a stained glass window in St Andrew's Church, Churchdown, Gloucestershire. Installed in the 1930s, it shows her as an elegant princess surrounded by symbols of peace (the book) and royalty (the crowned 'A').

The woman who founded Warwick to stifle Vikings

As Warwick celebrates its 1,100th anniversary, Chris Upton discovers how an Anglo Saxon woman laid its foundations.

gMen of the Second City Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment leaving Sutton Coldfield, holding Lee Enfield Rifles in 1915.

A picture of First World War heroes that has been 100 years in the taking

As the centenary of the First World War approaches, a Birmingham school is embarking on a project to create a virtual memorial to old boys who died in the conflict. Justine Halifax reports

Captain Robert Edwin Phillips VC.

Old boy who beat the odds to rescue officer under hail of fire

Victoria Cross recipient Robert Edwin Phillips beat the odds to rescue officer under hail of fire.

Lewis Henry Salaman was a director of the famous Birmingham Jewellers, Levi & Salaman, and was also actively involved in the Birmingham Company of Jewish Lads' Brigade. He was killed in action in Gallipoli in 1915.

Born with a silver spoon that can deflect bullets in his mouth

Birmingham born Able Seaman Lewis Henry Salaman was a director of the famous Birmingham jewellers Levi & Salaman.

James Norman Lancaster.

Letters home from the 'worst and most deadly' battle zone

James Norman Lancaster was the son of William James Lancaster, a Birmingham camera manufacturer.

Eric Sherbrooke Walker

Hero turned smuggler who hosted a princess

Eric Sherbrooke Walker survived the war and had a remarkable life.

The grave of Captain Edmund William Beech in Brandwood End Cemetery

Thrown under wheels of cart as horse bolts just six days after war is declared

Capt Edmund William Beech may have been Birmingham's first casualty of the war.

Lieutenant-Colonel James Neville Marshall

Larger than life soldier inspired a famous poet

Lieutenant-Colonel James Neville Marshall became an inspiring and much-decorated hero of the First World War.

Sportsman Harold Godfrey Bache

The bowler who swapped cricket balls for grenades

Hand grenades were invented in 1915 and were rather unreliable but Harold Godfrey Bache's skill as a bowler must have been a great advantage.

Geoffrey Bache Smith

One of Tolkien's 'immortal four'

Geoffrey Bache Smith and Thomas Ewart Mitton, both of whom had connections with JRR Tolkien, fought and died in the First World War.

Herr Rothe (circled) who had faith political leaders would resolve their differences peacefully

Boys' strained relationship with their German master

Herre August Rothe was the German master at King Edward's School.

The German airship, Graf Zeppelin.

Zeppelins brought death and destruction to the Black Country

The factories of the West Midlands played a vital role in the First World War. Chris Upton recalls how German airships targeted them in a devastating raid

James Grove & Sons' staff at the Halesowen factory in the 1950s

Button making has returned to its roots

Button making was big business in 18th century Birmingham. Chris Upton looks at how it has been revived in the 21st century

The Austin Seven car which was so popular around the world and particularly in parts of Europe

Austin motor the first German leader ever drove

The Birmingham built Austen Seven attracted the eye of Adolf Hitler when it rolled off the production line. Chris Upton reports

The Joseph Chamberlain statue, which was in the Members' Lobby at the Palace of Westminster but was then relocated behind a filing cabinet in the House of Lords library.

Great man's statue should take pride of place in Birmingham

Chris Upton looks at whether a statue of Chamberlain could find its way in Birmingham.

Corporation Street in the 1880s.

Determined mayor dragged Birmingham kicking and screaming - into modernity

Chris Upton looks at the impact Chamberlain had on the city of Birmingham

Joseph Chamberlain

Chamberlain's greatest legacy is the method and style of politics that he championed

Chamberlain became a champion of national radical politics, writes Dr Ian Cawood

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