CAPTAIN J O H N MACFARLAN CHARLTON was killed in the great attack, near La Boiselle, on July 1st, 1916, the twenty-fifth anniversary of his birthday. He fell, shot through the head by a bullet, while leading his company, after having taken the first and second lines of enemy trenches and when just about to charge the third ; his last words being to his orderly : ” Is that you, B ? For God’s sake, push on, I’m done.” The orderly stooped down and asked if there was anything he could do, but the Captain was dead. He joined the Northumberland Yeomanry in October 1914; received his commission in the Northumberland Fusiliers in the same year, and was promoted Captain in the 21st N.F. (2nd Tyneside Scottish}. He was educated at Uppingham, where he was secretary to the Natural History section of the school. His class-master writes of him on July 13th l a s t : ” For a boy, as he then was, he had a wonderful knowledge of birds, and quite remarkable powers of observation. Ornithology is my hobby and we spent many afternoons together, when his bright, sunny nature, his sense of humour, and his attractive personality made him a very pleasant companion. I remember the editor of the Avicultural Magazine was much struck by his work in our ornithological report for the year, which was entirely Charlton’s writing.” He had, at an early age, shown conspicuous ability in an illustrated essay on “
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British Birds – how it works
BB 2000 Ltd, the company that owns and publishes British Birds, is run by a board of directors, all of whom are volunteers. The company employs two full time staff – Roger Riddington is the journal’s editor while Hazel Jenner manages subscriptions and administration – and three part-time design/editorial staff.
The company is wholly owned by The British Birds Charitable Trust (BBCT, registered charity no. 1089422). Neither the company directors nor the trustees are paid for their services, providing their time and enthusiasm because they passionately believe in the value of BB. The Company is managed with a view to making a small profit which can be donated to the Trust to help fund its charitable work.
Over the past six years, this, combined with donations from other sources, has enabled the Trust to give almost £70,000 support to a variety of conservation and educational projects ranging from rat eradication on seabird islands to the study of cuckoo migration, as well as assisting young birders develop their interest.
A full list of projects is given here. The Trust is seeking to expand its charitable endeavours and would welcome donations from like-minded organisations and individuals.