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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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Keep in touch via either Twitter or Facebook by using @BackTrackerUK

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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 Bathurst Explosion

    The Bathurst Explosion

    Just after 11am on 21 November 1888, a sudden explosion rocked the Bathurst Basin. A high wall of flame followed by a cloud of black smoke hurled one of the crew across the harbour to land with a broken leg. What happened to the other three on board was soon to be discovered.
    THIS PODCASTThis 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


    The BIG Bristol to London StrollIf you wish to donate and sponsor our endevours to raise money for the 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.


    SOURCESAncestry
    Bristol Mercury - Saturday 24 November 1888
    Bristol Mercury - Monday 26 November 1888
    Bristol Museum


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    Intro music by The Model Folk


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    • 32 min
    The Jersey Lily

    The Jersey Lily

    The death and funeral of Lucy Moore in Bristol in 1920 attracted a lot of local attention. She was Bristol’s only Black American resident celebrity, and, it was claimed, the fattest woman in the world. Learn more about this timid star of the travelling circus.

    THIS PODCASTThis 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

    The BIG Bristol to London StrollIf you wish to donate and sponsor our endevours to raise money for the 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.


    SOURCESBournemouth Graphic - Thursday 05 April 1917
    Bournemouth Graphic - Friday 27 July 1917
    Leeds Mercury - Friday 01 October 1920
    Leeds Mercury - Monday 04 October 1920


    Sound Effects by zapsplat.com
    Intro music by The Model Folk


    © THE BACKTRACKER HISTORY SHOW 2021

    • 16 min
    The Winterbourne Plane Crash

    The Winterbourne Plane Crash

    The Plane Crash Near Bristol inquest on Capt. F. L. Barnard, the famous pilot, who met his death between Filton and Winterbourne in the machine which he was going to fly in the King's Cup Race.
    Evidence showed that the engine was misfiring, and it became evident that the pilot was going to make a forced landing. The "plane appeared to be under perfect control until came near the ground in a field."
    Find out what happened that fateful day when an aviation hero and celebrity met his end.
    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


    The BIG Bristol to London Stroll
    If you wish to donate and sponsor our endevours to raise money for the 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.




    SOURCES
    airwar19141918
    Western Daily Press - Friday 29 July 1927
    Western Daily Press - Saturday 30 July 1927
    The Scotsman - Thursday 04 August 1927


    Sound Effects by zapsplat.com
    Intro music by The Model Folk


    © THE BACKTRACKER HISTORY SHOW 2021

    • 27 min
    H.M.S Formidable

    H.M.S Formidable

    HMS Formidable was an 84-gun second rate of the Royal Navy, launched on 19 May 1825 at Chatham Dockyard. With a crew of 700 she was one of the Navy's largest ships at that time.
    The Training Ship Formidable came in to being in 1869 after several Bristol businessmen petitioned the Admiralty to lease them an ex Naval Vessel for the training of young boys as Seamen. For decades, the ship took in troublesome boys from all walkd of life and gave them an education and a career, steering them from a probably life of crime. Listen to the amazing tale of the Industrial School Ship Formidable.
    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
    The BIG Bristol to London Stroll
    If you wish to donate and sponsor our endevours to raise money for the Suicide Prevention Bristol charity, then go to our dedicatedhttps://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alice-the-backtracker ( Justgiving page). Thanks in advance for your support.


    SOURCES
    Forces At War Records
    Portishead Nautical Trust
    Western Daily Press - Tuesday 12 October 1869
    West Somerset Free Press - Saturday 29 October 1870 Boy's rescue
    Bristol Mercury - Saturday 04 February 1871
    1881 Census
    http://freepages.rootsweb.com/~pbtyc/genealogy/18-1900/F/01850.html (Freepages)




    Sound Effects by zapsplat.com
    Intro music by The Model Folk


    © THE BACKTRACKER HISTORY SHOW 2021

    • 27 min
    The Devizes Petticoat Murder

    The Devizes Petticoat Murder

    Benjamin Purnell, 51, formerly soldier in the Wiltshire Regiment, was charged with the wilful murder of his wife, Emily Purnell, in Devizes, on the 9th November 1889. What was the final straw in their turbulent marriage? Was it another woman, money or something else? Find out in this thrilling new tale from the past.
    Support The show
    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.
    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.


    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
    Ancestry
    Find-A-Grave
    South Wiltshire Coroner's Inquests 1868-1920
    Wiltshire Museum, Devizes.
    Bristol Mercury - Tuesday 12 November 1889
    Devizes and Wiltshire Gazette - Thursday 21 November 1889
    Devizes and Wiltshire Gazette - Thursday 28 November 1889
    Devizes and Wiltshire Gazette - Thursday 12 December 1889
    Bristol Mercury - Tuesday 10 December 1889


    Sound Effects by zapsplat.com
    Intro music by The Model Folk
    © THE BACKTRACKER HISTORY SHOW 2021

    • 32 min
    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.
    Support the Show
    This podcast has been specially edited from a Bradley Stoke Radio show in Bristol, England.
    Donations
    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)
    Merchandise
    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
    -
    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
    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)


    Sound Effects by zapsplat.com
    Intro music by The Model Folk


    © THE BACKTRACKER HISTORY SHOW 2021

    • 27 min

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