Hannah Byron | Historical Facts & Fiction

“Ever since I could hold a pen, I’ve written stories and poems, and I’ll write till my dying day.”

World War 1 in a nutshell

World War 1 in a nutshell

I don’t know about you but when I think back about the two world wars of the 20th century, I can kind of ‘get’ the Second World War: a dictator coming to power in the 1930s, repressing and stigmatising minorities and conquering the countries around him. Enough reason for the rest of the world to respond to and declare war on. But what about the first world war, the so-called Great War?

The Thiepval Memorial

The Thiepval Memorial

On a sunny August day in 2019, I set out from my house in the south of Holland to Picardy in northern France to commemorate my great-uncle Jack Westcott, whose name is engraved on the Thiepval Memorial as one of the ‘Missing of the Somme’. I planned a weekend trip to...

Uncle Jack’s Fight in France 1915-1916

Uncle Jack’s Fight in France 1915-1916

Uncle Jack’s Fight in France 1915-1916​ My great-uncle Jack was born in 1891 in Stone, Kent, GB to the Irish Mary Ann Meehan and the English George Richard Westcott. He was their 6th child and three years later my grandmother Gertrude Helen was born as the youngest of...

My Great-uncles William and Jack Westcott

My Great-uncles William and Jack Westcott

My Great-uncles William and Jack Westcott I’d like to take you on a tour of my personal connection with World War I. We will be visiting some archives and the Picardy region in northern France, where the various ‘Battles of the Somme’ took place between 1914-1918....

Welcome

Welcome

Hello, World! ​Welcome to my new blog & thank you for reading! I really hope you’ll enjoy finding out more about the background to my novels. I love writing blogs but the most important reason for starting Historical Facts & Fiction is that there’s tons of...