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  1. Sorry if this is off topic.
    Please remove it if required.

    Thank You!
  2. Very relevent.
  3. Gremlin

    Gremlin LE Good Egg (charities)

    I can't think of anything that is less off topic

    RIP old chap
  4. I don't think that anything could be more relevent on this day. RIP.
  5. 53951 Private J J Trott.
    Notts and Derby Regiment
    6th August 1916
    Age 21

    Deville Wood
    The Somme
  6. god bless him, and all the other lads.
  7. Jim was my Great , great uncle.
    For many years there was a family myth around his death.
    - mistold and uncorrected as the years went by
    "He was a small man- 5 feet nothing"
    "His uniform was 3 sizes too big"
    "His rifle was bigger than him"
    "He'd been married 3 weeks before going to the front in 1916"
    "He was killed with a single shot to the head"

    About 10 years ago,with the death of elderly relatives, letters and newspaper cuttings were put together
    and the true tale found out.

    The shot to the head was wrong.

    Jim had made friends with blokes from another unit.
    He was going for a cuppa when the comms trench he was running through was hit by a german shell.
    It was just a random act, not directed at him.
    "An accident of war"

    Deville Wood suffered many casualties- It has a special memorial to the South Africans dead.
    This huge loss of life and sheer logistics of collecting, interring and recording the final resting place of the dead is demonstrated by a letter I have dated 11/8/1922

    The letter says that 6 years after his death Jims grave was unknow to the War Graves Commission.

    It was 1928 before the family were able to visit his grave.

    The cemetery is quiet and dignified.
    A parade of the fallen, drawn up in ranks.
    Silent and still
    Awaitng this day.
    The day we remember them
  8. spike7451

    spike7451 RIP

    Lest we forget.
  9. In Memory of
    Second Lieutenant JOHN ALFRED HASLER HELBY

    2nd Bn., Royal Dublin Fusiliers
    who died age 19
    on 03 August 1916
    Son of Capt. Harold W. H. Helby (Royal Navy) and Etta Mary Helby (nee Bourne), of "Maelcombe," East Prawle, Kingsbridge, Devon.

    Remembered with honour

    Commemorated in perpetuity by
    the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
  10. I can't see how this is irrelevant on any day , never mind this day of days.
  11. perhaps not 'current' but relevant and ceratinly never forgotten. Good Post. RIP lads.
  12. One last drink then for my great uncle, those others mentioned here & and all of those who have served and all of the fallen.

    You are not forgotten lads.
  13. A moment to remember those who died fighting, trying to put the Great in Great Britain

    RIP to you all....