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Based in the UK, this self confessed history geek takes you for a stroll down memory lane and shares stories and interesting nuggets of information that has been discovered along the way. From tales of tragedy and sadness to epic stories of human courage or creativity, there are many people in history who have made their mark, however small.

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Based in the UK, this self confessed history geek takes you for a stroll down memory lane and shares stories and interesting nuggets of information that has been discovered along the way. From tales of tragedy and sadness to epic stories of human courage or creativity, there are many people in history who have made their mark, however small.

If you enjoyed the show, don't forget to share or leave feedback. It all helps!
Keep in touch via either Twitter or Facebook by using @BackTrackerUK

    The Dad's Army Hero: Arnold Ridley

    The Dad's Army Hero: Arnold Ridley

    William Arnold Ridley, OBE (7 January 1896 – 12 March 1984) was an English playwright and actor, earlier in his career known for writing the play The Ghost Train and later in life for portraying the elderly Private Godfrey in the British sitcom Dad's Army. But did you know that he was a veteran of both World wars as well as a member of the Home Guard in real life? Find out some of his amazing experiences from the front line and what happened to him on his return.
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    If you wish to donate and sponsor our endeavours to raise money for the Suicide Prevention Bristol charity, then go to our dedicated Justgiving page. This walk and the money raised is dedicated to Sara, who sadly passed away in March this year. Remember, if you feel low, there's always someone you can talk to and you are more important than you probably know.
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    SOURCES
    GRO Register of Births: MAR 1896 5c 543 BATH – William Arnold Ridley
    GRO Register of Deaths: JUN 1984 13 934 HILLINGDON, MIDDLESEX – William Arnold Ridley, DoB = 7 January 1896 aged 88
    Arnold Ridley, The Train and Other Ghosts (1970c)


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    • 27 min
    The Bathtub Mystery

    The Bathtub Mystery

    Cecil was found tied up and drowned in the bath. He had also been hit over the head at least six times with a flat blunt instrument.
    Letters were found that showed that the friendship between his wife and a young family friend had became more and they were in love.
    So what happened that fateful night in December 1946?
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    This podcast has been specially edited from a Bradley Stoke Radio show in Bristol, England.
    If you liked it please leave a rating and maybe a comment and if you’d like to support the show with a donation, however small, you can go to https://ko-fi.com/backtrackeruk (Ko-Fi.com)
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    So, thankyou for listening and until next time guys, take care and look after each other.




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    SOURCES
    Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Saturday 11 January 1947
    Dundee Evening Telegraph - Saturday 08 March 1947
    Dundee Courier - Monday 10 March 1947
    Aberdeen Press and Journal - Wednesday 05 March 1947




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    • 27 min
    Jem Belcher : Bristol's Bare Knuckle Fighter

    Jem Belcher : Bristol's Bare Knuckle Fighter

    They were heroes. Songs were written in their honour, engravings of them were sold, and their names were known to everyone, including those who vehemently opposed the sport.
    Bare knuckle fighting became one of the most popular sports in Georgian England: it drew huge crowds, involved vast sums of money
    Amongst the crowd of sailors, dockers, colliers and tough locals in a Bristol fair, watching a fight, was 14 year old Jem Belcher, a butcher's boy who was mesmerised by what he was seeing and dreamed of entering the ring himself.
    Listen to the story of his rise to fame and eventual fall.
    THIS PODCAST
    This podcast has been specially edited from a Bradley Stoke Radio show in Bristol, England.
    If you liked it please leave a rating and maybe a comment and if you’d like to support the show with a donation, however small, you can go to https://ko-fi.com/backtrackeruk (Ko-Fi.com)
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    So, thankyou for listening and until next time guys, take care and look after each other.
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    CONTACT ME…
    Email: info@backtracker.co.uk
    Facebook: @BackTrackerUK
    Instagram: @backtrackeruk
    Twitter: @BackTrackerUK
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    The BIG Bristol to London Stroll
    If you wish to donate and sponsor our endeavours to raise money for the Suicide Prevention Bristol charity, then go to our dedicated https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alice-the-backtracker (Justgiving page). This walk and the money raised is dedicated to Sara, who sadly passed away in March this year. Remember, if you feel low, there's always someone you can talk to and you are more important than you probably know.
    Thanks in advance for your support.
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    SOURCES
    Luke G. Williams, author, Richmond Unchained, 2015, Amberley Publishing
    Dennis Brailsford, Bareknuckles: A Social History of Prize-Fighting (Cambridge: Lutterworth, 1988), pp. 25-6.
    John Ford, Prizefighting: The Age of Regency Boximania (Newton Abbot: David and Charles, 1971), pp. 65-82The Universal Register, 20 December 1787.
    http://www.lucienneboyce.com/dan-foster-bsr/ (Lucienne Boyce).
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    • 33 min
    Bristol Lion Attacks

    Bristol Lion Attacks

    On the afternoon of the 15th, between 4 and 5pm, Joseph Kiddle was left alone in charge when a group of visitors arrived to see the animals. He showed them around but, to their disappointment, the lion was asleep in the farthest corner of its den.
    The sightseers had paid money in order to see wild animals “being wild”, and so it fell to the hapless assistant keeper to oblige them. They ended up getting more than they bargained for.
    THIS PODCAST
    This podcast has been specially edited from a Bradley Stoke Radio show in Bristol, England.
    If you liked it please leave a rating and maybe a comment and if you’d like to support the show with a donation, however small, you can go to Ko-Fi.com
    Some more great news for you, if you were interested in buying merchandise featuring the show’s logo, then pop over to Teepublic.com, you’ll find lots of things to choose from.
    So, thankyou for listening and until next time guys, take care and look after each other.
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    CONTACT ME…
    Email: info@backtracker.co.uk
    Facebook: @BackTrackerUK
    Instagram: @backtrackeruk
    Twitter: @BackTrackerUK
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    The BIG Bristol to London Stroll
    If you wish to donate and sponsor our endeavours to raise money for the Suicide Prevention Bristol charity, then go to our dedicated Justgiving page. This walk and the money raised is dedicated to Sara, who sadly passed away in March this year. Remember, if you feel low, there's always someone you can talk to and you are more important than you probably know.
    Thanks in advance for your support.
    SOURCES
    Bristol Mercury - Monday 19 February 1827
    Ancestry.com
    Western Daily Press - Wednesday 20 July 1932
    The Combat Between the Lion Nero and the Dogs. Warwick : Sharpe, Printer 1825
    Cornishman - Thursday 21 April 1932
    Bristol Mercury - Saturday 16 July 1836
    Birmingham Daily Gazette - Saturday 26 March 1932
    West London Observer - Friday 22 April 1932
    Secret Coventry By David McGory
    Wiltshire Times and Trowbridge Advertiser - Saturday 26 July 1902
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    • 32 min
    Mary Seacole

    Mary Seacole

    As a nurse who overcame racism within the establishment to go to the Crimean War battlefields under her own steam in her 50s, Mary represents compassion, bravery, entrepreneurialism and sheer determination. Those fine qualities speak for themselves. What was true for Mary in the Victorian era is equally true today: racism must always be challenged and at every level in society.
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    THIS PODCAST
    This podcast has been specially edited from a Bradley Stoke Radio show in Bristol, England.
    If you liked it please leave a rating and maybe a comment and if you’d like to support the show with a donation, however small, you can go to https://ko-fi.com/backtrackeruk (Ko-Fi.com)
    Some more great news for you, if you were interested in buying merchandise featuring the show’s logo, then pop over to https://www.teepublic.com/en-gb/stores/the-backtracker-history-show?utm_campaign=17652andutm_medium=affiliateandutm_source=The%2BBacktracker%2BHistory%2BShow (Teepublic.com), you’ll find lots of things to choose from.
    So, thankyou for listening and until next time guys, take care and look after each other.
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    CONTACT ME…
    Email: info@backtracker.co.uk
    Facebook: @BackTrackerUK
    Instagram: @backtrackeruk
    Twitter: @BackTrackerUK
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    The BIG Bristol to London Stroll
    If you wish to donate and sponsor our endeavours to raise money for the https://www.spbristol.org/ (Suicide Prevention Bristol) charity, then go to our dedicated https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alice-the-backtracker (Justgiving page). Thanks in advance for your support.
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    SOURCES
    The Mary Seacole Trust
    Cheltenham Mercury - Saturday 30 August 1856
    The Bristol Mercury Saturday 1st November 1856
    The Morning Post (London) 9th Jan 1857
    Hampshire Chronicle - Saturday 08 August 1857
    http://Findagrave.com (Findagrave.com)
    https://www.nlj.gov.jm/BN/Seacole_Mary/bn_seacole_mj_063.pdf (Jamaican High Commission)
    Duberly FI. Journal kept during the Russian war: from the departure of the army from England in April 1854, to the fall of Sebastopol. London: Elibron Classics; 2000. First published 1856 by Longman.
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    • 31 min
    The Trowbridge Murder

    The Trowbridge Murder

    Edward Charles Ingram Richards, aged 25, was tall and debonair. Always genial and ready with a smile. He'd would willingly lend a hand to a pal that was down and was regarded with the highest esteem by all his colleagues at the brewery he worked at. A married man with one child, a daughter aged 2 years, he came home late from work one evening and was mortally wounded by burglar.
    That was the start of an amzing story that captured the imagination of the country with one man's desperate attempts to get home!
    THIS PODCAST
    This podcast has been specially edited from a Bradley Stoke Radio show in Bristol, England.
    If you liked it please leave a rating and maybe a comment and if you’d like to support the show with a donation, however small, you can go to https://ko-fi.com/backtrackeruk (Ko-Fi.com)
    Some more great news for you, if you were interested in buying merchandise featuring the show’s logo, then pop over to https://www.teepublic.com/en-gb/stores/the-backtracker-history-show?utm_campaign=17652andutm_medium=affiliateandutm_source=The%2BBacktracker%2BHistory%2BShow (Teepublic.com), you’ll find lots of things to choose from.
    So, thankyou for listening and until next time guys, take care and look after each other.


    CONTACT ME…
    Email: info@backtracker.co.uk
    Facebook: @BackTrackerUK
    Instagram: @backtrackeruk
    Twitter: @BackTrackerUK


    SOURCES
    Wiltshire Times and Trowbridge Advertiser - Saturday 02 January 1926
    Wiltshire Times and Trowbridge Advertiser - Saturday 06 March 1926
    Belfast Telegraph - Saturday 13 February 1926
    Manchester Evening News - Tuesday 02 March 1926
    Nottingham Evening Post - Tuesday 20 August 1929
    The Treacherous Mr. Trebisch by Eliza Segal
    The self-made villain: A biography of I.T.Trebitsch Lincoln, By David Lampe and Laszlo Szenasi
    http://www.britishexecutions.co.uk/execution-content.php?key=460andtermRef=Ignatius%20Emanuel%20Napthali%20Trebich%20Lincoln%20(John%20Lincoln) (British Executions )
    Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette - Saturday 02 January 1926


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    • 27 min

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