|E B Bailey doing fieldwork (P225785)|
Friday, 16 November 2018
Thursday, 8 November 2018
|F M Trotter in 1927|
|Artist's impression of Trotter as a dispatch rider|
F M Trotter was born at Gateshead on 19 April 1897. In 1916 he was studying geology and chemistry at Armstrong College, Newcastle when, at the age of 18, he joined the Royal Engineers. Trotter was sent to the Western Front as a dispatch Rider. In 1918 while near Vimy he was badly wounded by shrapnel and lost one of his eyes and part of his skull.
|Sketch of Trotter c1937 (P832327)|
Tuesday, 6 November 2018
|Detail from one of Cunnington's field slips (Haunton, Staffordshire)|
He had joined the Officer's Training Corps before the outbreak of the First World War so entered the army soon after it began. In 1915 he was sent to Gallipoli on special military duty along with two other former staff from the Geological Survey, R W Pocock and T H Whitehead.