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David Davis11/11/2018 12:20:30
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Geoff Sleath11/11/2018 12:46:25
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Back in 2004 we made a point of visiting my uncle's grave in France. I suspect we were the first to do so ever. I was named after him (my middle name, that is - Sydney). He was much older than my dad who was the baby of the family, born in 1909 so much too young for the Great War and too disabled for WW2 but he served as an ARP ambulance driver.

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Like so many, he was so young at 22. Apparently he was killed by a sniper when on a wire cutting expedition one night presumably to help clear the way for an attack the folowing day. What a waste! He used to repair comrades watches in the trenches - my grandfather was a watch maker/repairer.

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Levanter11/11/2018 12:54:29
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Poignant reminder of unimaginable suffering. Not only for those who died but also for all the families left behind to grieve.


And then it was done all over again only 21 years later. It is hard to understand how the doctrine of so few individuals can destroy the lives of millions.

RIP

Levanter

cymaz11/11/2018 13:17:29
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Watched the Remembrance programme from the Albert Hall last night. When the bereaved families were applauded as they came down the steps.......boy, not a dry eye on the house.

jeff2wings11/11/2018 14:58:40
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This song always makes me choke,BTW Bruce Dickinson is a pilot for the Great War display team(Dr 1)
ken anderson.11/11/2018 16:10:26
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a massive dept we owe them all, which will never be paid...…………….

ken anderson....ne...1...respect dept.

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Wilco Wingco11/11/2018 18:58:15
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The only commeration these men deserve is that ALL governments will commit to no more wars. No more arms manufacture, no more atomic weapons and no more bullieing tactics from the worlds so called super powers. Anything else is a lie. These men died for the war to end all wars yet there are still wars in every part of the world. They deserve more.

Andrew76711/11/2018 19:25:57
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What a great thread David

Today made me think about my Grandfather. Jack had just obtained his degree at Leeds University when war was declared. He went into the West Yorkshire regiment as a 2nd lieutenant Cavalry, quickly promoted to lieutenant so he didn't have to go in the trenches. It didn't help him. In May 1915, a shell landed beside him , killing his horse and injuring his leg so badly he was never sent back.

Thank goodness, he didn't become a Father until he was 38, so my Father was too young for the 2nd World War.

It makes me think how lucky my family were but so sad for the families whose sons didn't come home.....

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David Davis11/11/2018 20:19:12
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My grandfather's cousin was not so lucky. Killed in his sleep by a counter-battery shell.

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Tom Sharp 211/11/2018 20:30:25
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I would urge everyone, if they possibly can, to visit the WW1 battlefields in Belgium and France. A most moving experience that will live with you for ever.

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Tyne Cot, Belgium, largest Commonwealth Cemetery.

12000 dead buried here, plus many thousands more with no known resting place remembered in inscriptions on the memorial wall. 

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Langemark, German Cemetery in Belgium. 'The Grieving Comrades' statue.

10,000 buried here, all buried in mass graves rather than individual grave stones,  Each mass grave marked with an engraved slab on the floor. One such slab can bee seen at the bottom of the photo.  

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J D 811/11/2018 20:36:31
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Posted some time ago on this site but I think a repeat is all right given the date.

The picture is of my grandfather John Rees Evans of Conway and was taken in January 1918.

He survived the great war but a few year's later when my mam was just seven or eight he took his own life.flight line

John Privett11/11/2018 20:57:40
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Posted by Tom Sharp 2 on 11/11/2018 20:30:25:

I would urge everyone, if they possibly can, to visit the WW1 battlefields in Belgium and France. A most moving experience that will live with you for ever.

 

100% agreed Tom.

Some 15 or 20 years ago we were able to find information about my father-in-law's uncle, whom he knew had died in WW1, though until that time he knew very little more.

The information came from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The uncle was commemorated at Thiepval, being one of the 72,337 allied soldiers for whom no grave is known to exist, all their names are engraved on the pillars of the memorial.

With this information we arranged a trip to the Somme area, and visited Thiepval, taking my in-laws with us. We also saw several of the other WW1 graveyards too - all kept in immaculate condition. A very moving, and sobering, experience - one I will genuinely never forget.

In the past year, my elder daughter went on a similar trip with friends - either from work or ex-university friends, I forget which. The tour organisers were able (again I believe thanks to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission) to furnish even more information and documents relating to my F-I-L's uncle.

 

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Andrew76711/11/2018 22:24:05
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Posted by J D 8 on 11/11/2018 20:36:31:

Posted some time ago on this site but I think a repeat is all right given the date.

The picture is of my grandfather John Rees Evans of Conway and was taken in January 1918.

He survived the great war but a few year's later when my mam was just seven or eight he took his own life.flight line

Very moving JD8 and so very,very sad...

Andrew

J D 811/11/2018 23:17:48
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Thank you Andrew.

Sadly this is something that still happens with those who have served in recent years. John.

Andrew76711/11/2018 23:52:21
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Sadly very true John, but we can never really understand because we've never been there. All we can do is remember and be grateful that we'll never have to go through it...

Andrew

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Don Fry13/11/2018 17:32:50
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15 years old. Ye Gods.

Eagle 89913/11/2018 19:31:10
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Posted by Don Fry on 13/11/2018 17:32:50:

15 years old. Ye Gods.

My wife and I spent a week or so touring the Somme area in 2006 and visited many of the military cemeteries and memorials including Thiepval and Beaumont-Hamel. Canadian youngsters are sent to Beaumont-Hamel every year to act as guides and learn about their ancestors. We thought that that was a great thing to do and should be encouraged by all nations involved.

The underground tunnel museum in Albert was interesting too, but the lasting impression was the sheer numbers of casualties in that war and how remarkably pristine all the cemeteries are maintained. The youngest age we spotted on a gravestone was 14 years old!

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