The village of La Boisselle is a settlement in the Somme department of northern France. It was the subject of heavy fighting during the First World War. George Besford was wounded here in the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916.
Radcliffe was a mining community in Northumberland, located 1 km south of the town of Amble. Radcliffe was once home to over 700 people. It was an independent and self-sufficient settlement with its own schools, shops, churches and working men’s club.
The Open Domesday project has made available the first free online copy of Domesday Book, revealing data about Besford which were originally collected during the 1990s to create the Domesday Explorer CD-ROM.
Besford House, Belle Vue, Shrewsbury, was built originally as a private residence in 1893. In 1911 it was set up a boys’ home, as a way of getting children out of the workhouses. It has now been restored as a family home.