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R is for Charles à Court Repington

Charles Repington

I usually write about the mad, bad and heroic for my ABC Wednesday posts, but Charles à Court Repington isn’t really one of them.

However, in the centenary year of the start of the Great War, he does answer that tricky question – exactly when did we start to refer to the horrors of the 1914-1918 conflict as ‘The First World War’?

There is a false assumption that it could not have been so named until after the start of World War Two, but it was Repington who first popularised the phrase in the title of his book The First World War published in 1920. Read more ›››