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Private Robert Sutton killed in action 24th April 1918

Remembering Robert Sutton

Mark Taylor
Though we never met, your valour we shall not forget. Lost in a battle that was not yours, you gave your life for others reward. A noble sacrifice for all. We will carry your torch until we too shall fall. Lest we forget.
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Robert Sutton killed in action 24th April 1918

Remembering Robert Sutton

Mark Taylor
Though we never met, your valour we shall not forget. Lost in a battle that was not yours, you gave your life for others reward. A noble sacrifice for all. We will carry your torch until we too shall fall. Lest we forget.
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James Raphael Meade

Irene Fish
Forever in our memories. A great uncle I never knew but his name will always be on the Cenotaphs in Gore and Dunedin, N.Z. and the home town Cenotaph of Sunbury, Victoria along with he's brother Sylvester Paul Meade 8th Light Horse
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St. Mary's Church, Stoke sub Hamdon, Somerset

Sgt. Archibald Stephen Thorne

Hilary Singleton
Always in our thoughts. Reunited with your youngest sister on 09.06.16, who was born on 14.01.15, whom you never got to meet. So proud of your courage and bravery. We hope to find you and bring you home one day. We will never forget. Rest in peace xx
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Private James McGrath

Micheal Traynor
James McGrath from Victoria Australia died at The Somme on 14 November 1916. He was serving with the 5th Pioneer Battalion and was working on the Bernafay - Longueval Road. He had served at Gallipoli, and survived Fromelles and Pozieres. We have no photos of him, nor any knowledge of his life other than his war record. This blurred photo is not him - but it represents him. Two of his brothers also served in France and survived. He is buried in Longueval Cemetery and has been visited by later generations. We commemorate his anniversary at Wodonga on 13 November 2016. Lest We Forget.
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My Great Uncle

Glenda Cullinane
In memory of my Great Uncle Howard Bailey, who died on the 29th of October 1916, his body was never found and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. RIP
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Ian and Lit's trip to the grave of Jonathan Tombs

Thank you

Lit Smith
So lucky to have just been to the Somme to visit my great great uncle’s grave Jonathan Tombs 1877-1916 who died on the 9th October. So sad but a wonderful memory to have. I have written a blog about the trip http://litsmithceramics.blogspot.co.uk. Thank you all X
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10398 L/Cpl Terence McSherry, 2nd Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers

Carol Nowell
Remembering my Great Uncle 10398 Lance Corporal Terence McSherry, 2nd Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers who died in action at Guillemont, Picardie on 30th July 1916, aged 24 years. They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. Robert Laurence Binyon
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Extrait de son dossier militaire,matricule 1577,conscription 1913

Honneur à mon grand-père niçois

Milliet
Le 14 janvier 1917,lors de la bataille de Verdun, Augustin Vérani a été gravement blessé par un éclat d'obus. Les séquelles de cette blessure ont été lourdes mais il a gardé la vie. Il a été décoré de la Croix de guerre 14-18 et de la Médaille militaire.Je ne l'ai jamais entendu se plaindre ou parler de ses décorations. Il pensait n'avoir fait que son devoir pour défendre la Patrie et rendait hommage à ses frères d'armes disparus dans la Meuse.
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Memories de La Grande Guerre

Adrian Beer
Apart from my Grandfathers who served in the First World War in France, I am so pleased my WWI Figurines and Mideas found on www.unitygifts.co.uk really received so well in war museums and people ll over the World. It makes me feel I am commemorating them, as well as every other Tommy who served.
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Memories de La Grande Guerre

Adrian Beer
Apart from my Grandfathers who served in the First World War in France, I am so pleased my WWI Figurines and Mideas found on www.unitygifts.co.uk really received so well in war museums and people ll over the World. It makes me feel I am commemorating them, as well as every other Tommy who served.
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Private William John Moore, 11946, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

Stephen Kerr
Wounded at Gallipoli, killed on the Somme, 01/07/1916. R.I.P.
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Corporal Percy Etherington "The Buffs"

Remembering Percy Etherington - East Kent Regiment 6th Battalion

Alison Barnes
4th August 1916 - Remembering my Great, Great Uncle, Corporal Percy Etherington - 100yrs on. Killed by a mortar somewhere near Ovilliers, where his remains still lie. He was 31 yrs old. A poem used in his memorial service read: Far off in a foreign land, under the starlit sky, There in a lonely grave my darling lies. Oh! That I could have seen his face or raised his lips to mine, Or heard him say those fondest words, 'Mother dear good-bye'. He left behind a wife and young daughter.
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South African

RC Hayes

Charmaine Kruger (nee Hayes)
We are descendants of Robert Charles Hayes living in South Africa. We saw the name RC Hayes on the Memorial Wall in Delville Wood during the centennial ceremony in July 2016 and wondered whether it was a Robert Charles Hayes who died during fight in Delville Wood in 2016? Regards
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my Grandfather

Anne Ralph
Remembering my Grandfather Sergeant William Samuels on this special year Gone but not Forgotten
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my Grandfather

Joan Samuels
In memory of my Grandfather, our Fathers father Sergeant William Samuels Royal Field Artilary remembering you with pride in our Hearts on this 100th Anniversary.
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de gauche à droite: Général Joffre-le président Poincaré-le roi Georges V- le général Foch -Général Douglas Haig

Préparation du commandement unique au Valvion à Beauquesne

Deloraine
L'état major britannique de la troisième armée commandée par le Général Douglas Haig s'est installé en juillet 1916 au Valvion pour diriger la préparation de la bataille de la Somme. Le 12 août 1916,le roi Georges V, faisant une visite du front avec le prince de Galles,s'est entretenu avec les plénipotentiaires français:le Général Joffre,le président Poincaré,le général Foch ,de la marche à suivre face aux hostilités. Cette conférence participera à la mise en place du Commandement unique qui sera ratifié par les états français et britannique à Doullens le 26 mars 1918.
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Pozieres 1916

Doug MASLIN
My great uncle, Thomas James Maslin AIF fought and died at Mouquet Farm in August 1916. He left a new country,AUSTRALIA, to fight for the freedom of people facing an enemy of the free world
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In remebrance of my Great Great Uncle, LCpl Matthew Casey 1/22nd London Regiment

Mark Jefferies
This is the only photo of LCpl Matthew Casey, my great great uncle. Very little is known about him as his mother threw away everything to do with him after his death - out of sight, out of mind. His service records were also destroyed in the Blitz. Therefore this photo, and his name on the memorial are the only things that show he existed. He joined before the war as he has the Mons clasp on the 1914 medal, after that nothing is known. According to the regimental diary his date of death was a quiet day. Nevertheless, he is a real hero. I am very proud of him.
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Remembering My Great Uncle Private Alvin Holroyd 1/4th Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry died 1.7.16

Simon Holroyd
A candle has been burning brightly all day in remembrance of you. My Great-Grandmother never gave up hope of seeing her dear Son Alvin again, through the horrors of that first fateful day of the Somme 1st July 1916 when he went over the top with so many brave boys. Then a returned letter from the front with a plea from his Brother "We all want to know why you have not written as it is three weeks since we got the last letter, you are making every body feel uneasy at home as we think there is something up. My mother was going to send you a parcel on Tuesday but with you not sending a letter we thought it was best not to send one till we got a answer, as soon as you get this letter just write straight back. We do not care if you send three words as long as we know you are right as they don't know what they are doing on at home with you not sending a letter in three weeks" From your loving father and mother. The news finally came from the War Office on 2nd August 1916 that Alvin had been 'missing' since the 18th July 1916, nothing further was heard until after the end of the war when the British Red Cross & Order of St John wrote to my great-grandmother dated 18th December 1918. 'Dear Madam we much regret to say that not withstanding constant and careful enquiries, we have not succeeded in hearing anything of your son Pte A.Holroyd 4211 4 KOYLI whose name was on our lists for months, and we have had to come to the conclusion that he must have lost his life at the time when he was missing. All the men of his unit whom we have been able to see, both in English Hospitals and at the bases abroad, have been questioned and none of them have thrown any light on his casualty. It has however proved possible to collect some details of the action and we enclose a copy of these, fearing that in spite of all our efforts we shall be unable to help you further. Though all the Prisoners Lists are closely watched as they come in from Germany, we cannot hope to find there the names of any men missing so long ago. With sincere sympathy for the family and friends. Yours faithfully, For The Earl of Lucan.' My great-grandmother never gave up hope that he may return and she thought he may be in some hospital or sanitorium in France with memory loss. After her death it remained a family mystery as to what exactly happened to Alvin until my father and I visited Thiepval Memorial on the Somme in May 1998 and our battlefield guide Ives went to the locker where the list of more than 70,000 lads with no known grave from The Battle of The Somme are commemorated. In one of the many booklets with so many names he found Alvin, emotion swept us as we hurried to the wall where his name was shown. We had finally found him. Mam never gave up hope, we never stopped looking, we will always remember.
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JACKSON AND MATTHEW SWINDLE

Patricia Williamson
2nd Lieutenant Jackson Swindle of the Durham Light Infantry - killed in action at the Somme on October 14th 1916 aged 22. Matthew Clough Swindle a Private in RAMC 23rd Field Ambulance - killed in action at Ypres on October 8th 1917 aged 21 The death of these two brothers was devastating. I am so proud of my great uncles but so sad not to have known them. Your family will NEVEKR forget you
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William Revie, private, Cameron Highlanders, died Somme, 14th July, 1926

William Revie

Nancy Overend
UTo my grandfather whose head was blown off as he looked out over the trench. Mm
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In respect and memory of my Great Uncle Thomas Lloyd 2nd Batallion Manchester regiment

Denise Marsden
My Grandmothers elder brother ( My Great Uncle ) had been injured and sent home then was sent back again to endure more hardship . He told my Grandmother that he knew he wouldn't return as he had seen the horror for which few retuned. He was killed the day before his 19th Birthday ! Also the day before the end of the Somme ...I hope these brave young men will never be forgotten ..God Bless
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Rembering My Great-Great Uncle

Catherine Armstrong
Remembering my great-great uncle who died today in 1916 at the Battle Of The Somme, Durham Infantry -Private Robert Harvey, aged 18years. his body was never recovered and his mother had already lost a son in the local coal mine disaster. Rest In Peace.
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They Shall Be Remembered

François Lachaud
My great-grand father fought at the Somme and, somewhat miraculously survived (though he underwent trepanation he lived until the age of 89), thanks to the help of British (and, later, Commonwealth Soldiers). I have only vague memories of him now but I would like to express here my endless gratitude to the soldiers who fought with him, helped him when all hope was lost, and to all those who sacrificed their lives on the Somme battlefields.
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Joseph Leason

Jane Whewell
My Grandfather was a soldier at The Battle of the Somme and who "went over the top" six times. Thankfully he survived due to "Trench Fever". Our family will always remember what he and many others did for our Country.
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Reginald Crane, Royal West Kents

Reginald Crane

Lorraine Vaissiere
In Memory of my Grandfather, Reginald Crane, who fought at the Somme and was a casualty, he was shot in the neck but was one of the fortunate few to be found by a stretcher bearer and given treatment. My Great Uncle his brother was not so lucky and my Grandfather saw him fall from a bullet as he left his trench.
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NOT FORGOTTEN

Val Shergold
In memory of my great uncle, Frank Green, who fought and died, aged 18, at the Somme. Brother of Florence Miles (nee Green). I know very little about him other than what I was told as a child but I will never forget what he and all the others did for our country and the world.
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In Proud Remembrance of my Great Uncle, Cyril Higginbottom Private 11583 6th Bn, KOYLI

Janet Clark
Cyril was a young man of 18 years on enlistment in Sheffield 1915. He was badly injured in France in May 1915 and awarded three medals. He was sent back to the front in 1916 where he was among the millions who subsequently died, on Saturday 16 September 1916. His name appears on the Thiepval Memorial alongside those of his friends. His legacy to our family and our country is immeasurable and rightfully commemorated. None of us must forget.
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THOMAS GEORGE SPERINCK AGE 37 KIA 15/9/1916

THOMAS GEORGE SPERINCK .AND SAMUEL COWDERY both K.I.A.

MAUREEN SPERINCK
Remembering our Great Uncle Thomas George Sperinck killed in action on 15th September 1916 age 37 in the battle of HIGH WOOD on the Somme France .Also his wifes brother Samuel Cowdrey in 1916 at the battle of Cambri . Long May They ALL BE REMEMBERD.
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