George Frederick Austin. The uncle I never met. Sadly missed but remembered and honoured.
Remembering George 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Words from the missing, written by Dave Callaghan for his great uncle John Topping and for all the soldiers who remain missing.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 .
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.
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.
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.
Remembering family killed at the Battle of the Somme
Visited Thiepval to see where my grandfather is commemorated. What a wonderful memorial. Also visited many of the cemeteries remembering the Yorkshire Regiment, they are so beautiful and peaceful, thank you so much to the CWGC for taking care of the fallen and providing such a resting place.