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Remembering my Grand father Pte. John Scollen 27th Batt.. Tyneside Irish Northumberland Fusilliers

Brian Scollen
My grand father like many others took up arms for king and country. He is among the Missing of the Somme and his name is on Thiepval memorial, along with all of his fellow casualties. He did write home just before the battle, while at Franvilliers 27th June 1916 which at the time was very near to the eve of the battle. My wife and myself will be in the town on the 27th June, where I shall find a stone to sit on read his letter and cry. Sadly missed by his three daughters Four sons and many many grandchildren. Brian Scollen
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Pte Frank H Jerred, 2nd Battalion, South African Infantry.

Remembering my great uncle, Frank Jerred

David Hornbrook
Frank Jerred was killed at Eaucourt l'Abbaye attacking German trenches during the battle of the Somme on 12 October 1916. The attack was stalled by long-range machine-gun fire and soldiers lost direction in the smoke drifting across no man's land. Frank had left Exeter for a new life in South Africa only to return to die in France. He was 29.
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Pte Frank H Jerred, 2nd Battalion, South African Infantry.

Remembering my great uncle, Frank Jerred

David Hornbrook
Frank Jerred was killed at Eaucourt l'Abbaye attacking German trenches during the battle of the Somme on 12 October 1916. The attack was stalled by long-range machine-gun fire and soldiers lost direction in the smoke drifting across no man's land. Frank had left Exeter for a new life in South Africa only to return to die in France. He was 29.
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Remembering Robert Armstrong Pendlington

Sandra Pendlington
Our cousin Robert, son of John and Dorothy Pendlington of Hartlepool, died on 12 October 1916, fighting with the Durham Light infantry at the Battle of the Somme. He has no known grave but his name is on the Theipval Memorial. We stood at the foot of the hill and looked up to where he died and we remember with pride Robert and all his comrades.
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Edgar Stuart Middleton

Ann Middleton Carter
In memory of my uncle Corporal Edgar Stuart Middleton aged 25,1st/5th Bn. London Regiment(London Rifle Brigade),eldest son of Ada and Albert Middleton, died 1st July 1916. Commemoration Thiepval Memorial Sommme France.
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REMEMBERING MY GREAT UNCLE WALTER

BARBARA WILLECOME-BRODIE
WITH LOVE, PRIDE AND GRATITUDE TO MY GREAT UNCLE, PRIVATE WALTER ROSE 24190 14TH BN GLOUCESTERSHIRE REGIMENT. HUSBAND OF SARAH AND SON OF ALICE AND THE LATE WILLIAM, FROM HOTWELLS, BRISTOL. HE DIED ON THE SOMME 19TH JULY 1916 AT TRONES WOOD AND IS REMEMBERED ON THE THIEPVAL MEMORIAL SOMME FRANCE. IN MY HEART FOREVER X
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Remembering a Great Uncle

Kerrie Steward
Remembering my Great Uncle Arthur Lorn Wyborn, Missing in Action July 25th 1916 Pozieres, France. 3rd Battlion, D Coy AIF. Aged 19 years.
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Remembering my great grandad Oscar Eves

Kim Gravett
Great grandad Sgt Oscar Eves served with the 7th battalion Royal Irish Rifles 4551 100 years ago he died of wounds on the Somme July 1916 Once again we will return to visit you on this special anniversary
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Great Grandfather

Karen George
Remembering my Great Grandad, Frederick William Quaintmere. Gunner with The Royal Artillery. Wounded on the Somme July 1916. I think part of him never returned and remained in France with the fallen. deepest respect and love always.
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Private James Edward Wood.

Clifford Wood
Remembering Pte James Edward Wood 7th Battalion (service) East Lancs. Died 14th October 1916 on the Somme battlefields. Remembered at Thiepval. My Grandad he will never be forgotten.
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George Frederick Austin. The uncle I never met. Sadly missed but remembered and honoured. Angela Austin.

Remembering George Austin

Angela Austin
2nd Lt. George Austin was my uncle. Killed in July 1916. No known grave. From his letters I can tell he was a very pleasant good humoured young man. He only 22 years of life. I wish I could have met him. I honour his name and sacrifice with my visit. April 2016.
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Private Jonathan Pearson

Karen
Remembering my Great Uncle Jonty (Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) shot in the chest on 18th September 1916 near Aveluy Wood and who died 12 days later at the 13th General Hospital. He is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery. His brother Sgt. Joseph Pearson was killed on 26th May 1915 and his sister Hannah, a nurse, died from Spanish flu in December 1918. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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Never forgotten

Alison Drew
Robert Baxter my great uncle died 15/09/1916 He was serving in the Northumberland Fusiliers 1/7th Battalion. He is remembered with found affection by all the family
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Hommage à un soldat sans descendance

D.MARCHAND
Il s'agit du soldat DESROZIER Marcel né le 17 janvier 1884 en Dordogne appartenant au 308e RI. C'était le premier époux de ma grand-mère maternelle. Il a été tué dans un boyau en ravitaillant les premières lignes en munitions le 6 novembre 1916 dans le secteur de Soyécourt- Ablaincourt. Mon frère, décédé depuis plus de 20 ans, a cherché en vain sa trace. Mais aujourd'hui, tout est plus simple avec le site Mémoire des Hommes. Alors, pour honorer sa mémoire, je prépare un séjour dans la Somme.
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Harry Calloway

Judith Timmins
My grandad who I never met served as a Gunner at the battle of the Somme.He was gassed during this time and suggerred for the rest of his life from the effects.Have travelled to Frsance many a time and always think of him and what he did for our country.Very proud!
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In memory and with thanks

Sheila Harding
My grandfather Captain Malcolm Spokes of the Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry was involved in the Battle of the Somme, he was invalided home with trench foot after the Battle,he served in the Second World War as well with the Oxford and Bucks, I remember him with love and affection and thank him and his fellow soldiers for all they did for us in World War One.
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In memory of William Buckingham VC

Alan & Josie Hamer
Your courage and bravery have always been talked about in the Bennett and Hamer families and will be passed onto the next generations so that you will never be forgotten.
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My Great Uncle

Jennifer Alderson(nee Bowden)
Private Daniel Chatt was my great uncle he was in the 15th Battalion Durham Light Infantry. Daniel was reported missing on the 1st July 1916. I have a lovely poto of Daniel which i look at every day it would have nice to have known him.Daniels name is on the Thiepval Memorial i have been once to see his name but hopeing to go 2016 as it will be 100 years since he died.I will never forget him as long as i live.
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My Great Uncle

Jennifer Alderson (née Bowden)
Private Daniel Chatt was my great uncle he was in the 15th Battalion Durham Light Infantry. Daniel was reported missing on the 1st July 1916. I have a lovely poto of Daniel which I look at every day it would have nice to have known him. Daniels name is on the Thiepval Memorial i have been once to see his name but hopeing to go 2016 as it will be 100 years since he died. I will never forget him as long as I live.
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Words from the missing, written by Dave Callaghan for his great uncle John Topping and for all the soldiers who remain missing.

David Callaghan
As day breaks through wind and rain we form a line on rough terrain, to face a foe we'll never know, we will fall and die where poppies now grow. Remember us the chosen ones, the lads the dads and some ones sons. Be not sad, just be glad, knowing we gave all we had. As you walk on our fields of doom, places where our bodies were strewn, we will gaze on you through heavens door and hope our words stay for ever more. When you leave save a tear, for here we stay year on year, the lads the dads and some ones sons the boys who fell before German guns.
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English Canadian

Tim Richardson
2 days ago marked the death, due to wounds, of Private John Spencer Richardson 3rd CEF 99 years ago, my Gt Uncle. John born in Croydon went to Canada to farm before the war. He joined up in 1914 and was mortally wounded on the 3rd of September 1916 at Mouquet Farm. He lies in Puchvilliers CWGC next to the CCS where he passed away.
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To the Grandfather I never knew

Graham Harris
It was not long ago that I found out that a grave existed (in Dantzig Alley British Cemetery). How I wish that I could have taken my father there, he never even knew of it! I will be there on 1st July, 2016 to mark the centenary of his passing. R.I.P.
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souvenir de mon grand oncle Eugene DURIS

MONTIEGE Jean-Pierre
Souvenir de l'oncle de mon grand pere Eugene Duris mort pour la France a sailly sailisel dans la somme en octobre 1916 . La guerre 14 18 n'a pas epargne ma famille car les 3 freres de mon arriere grand mere sont mort pour la France Rene DURIS en 1914 Armand DURIS en 1916 et Eugene DURIS en 1916
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Gaston CHAILLOU alias Léon CHARDON

BOUCHE
Gaston CHAILLOU ou Léon CHARDON Poilu du 72ème RI porté disparu le 13 octobre 1916 à Bouchavesnes. http://gaston-chaillou-72eme-ri.webnode.fr/galerie-photos/
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Bravest of the Brave

Suzanne Turk
Bravest of the brave In memory of my great Uncle John Turk Private G/25079 John Turk . 11th Battalion The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) Formerly Private (242538) The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) Died October 14th 1917 age 28 years. Born Lydd, Kent. Enlisted Ramsgate. Resided Minster (Isle of Thanet). Son of Mr Frank Turk of West Ripe, Lydd , Kent. Casualty of war , buried Zuydcoote Military Cemetery, Nord, France Grave Reference 1.F .20 Gunner 78934 Edgar Turk (My beloved Grandfather) 157th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. son of Mr Frank Turk of West Ripe Lydd, Kent you were the ongoing inspiration to my dad Mr William Turk , WW2 Veteran, 51st Royal Tank Regiment, North Africa, and the Italian Campaign, survivor of the Battles of Monte Cassino, Italy. Thank you for your sacrifice's you all gave as young men, that allowed me the privilege's, rites and freedoms of being British .
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Pte Michael Knight (Canadian 54th Battalion)

Steven Knight
My Great Uncle Pte Michael Knight served with the 54th Battalion at the Somme and was Killed in Action 25th October 1916. Although I nver met him & don't know a lot about him I am very proud him. I wish I knew how he was killed or had a photo of him which I don't but that doesn't changed my feelings. Uncle Michael, RIP. Lest We Forget.
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Fred Messer back second from right in Egypt

Private F C E Messer, No. 275

Ian Phillips
On Anzac Day my daughter Karen Martin and I will be in Gallipoli for the 100 year Anniversary. We honour my Uncle Fred who was killed by a sniper bullet 14 May 1915 at Anzac Cover. He is buried in Chatby Cemetery after dying in Egypt. We honour all young men who died in this dreadful conflict and we are proud of them.
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MEMORIAL AT VILLERS-BRETTONNEUX

DOROTHY PEARCE
RECENTLY I WAS AT VILLERS-BRETTONNEUX AND I SAW WHERE MY GREAT UNCLE WILLIAM LAWSON SMITH WAS LISTED IN THE 58TH BATTALION IT MADE MY TRIP TO THE BATTLEFIELDS SO MUCH MORE MEANINGFUL. HE WAS KILLED IN THE TRENCHES AT BULLECOURT AND BURIED THERE.
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Remembering my great grandfather

Paul hilson
Rembering this year,100 years ago,you left everything that was dear to you,and never to had returned,lest not forget.L/sgt S A Richardson.2nd bn Scots guards(He was part of the BEF) .DOW 20/9/1914.
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Thiepval Monument July 2014

Visit to Thiepval July 2014 > We Will Never Forget

Steve Sullivan
"Find The Cost Of Freedom Buried In The Ground" chiaroscurogallery.co.uk
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