Shot at Dawn, Ferme-Olivier Cemetery

Rate this post Shot at Dawn, Ferme-Olivier Cemetery Held within one’s mind until beyond forever “Gift of Life” they gave. Private, George Watkins, 13th Bn. Welsh Regiment, executed for desertion 15/05/1917, Plot 3. C. 12. Private Robert Hope, (Served as Hepple,) “D” Coy. 1st Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, executed for desertion 05/07/1917, aged 23. The Shot at Dawn Memorial is a British Monument at the National Memorial Arboretum near Alrewas, in Staffordshire, UK. It memorializes the…

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Shot at Dawn, Hagle Dump Cemetery

Rate this post Shot at Dawn, Hagle Dump Cemetery Held within one’s mind until beyond forever “Gift of Life” they gave. Private Walter Dossett 1st/4th Bn.  York and Lancaster Regiment, executed for desertion  25/06/1918, aged 22. Plot I. E. 7. Private George Ainley, 1st/4th Bn. Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, executed for desertion on 30/07/1918, aged 20. Plot II. D. 5. The Shot at Dawn Memorial is a British Monument at the National Memorial Arboretum…

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Essex Farm Cemetery

Rate this post Essex Farm Cemetery There are 1,200 WW1 servicemen buried or commemorated in Essex Farm cemetery. Of these burials 103 are not identified. There are special memorials commemorating 19 casualties who are known or believed to be buried among the unidentified burials.The cemetery was used by several British divisions holding this sector from 1915 to August 1917. Men from these divisons are buried throughout the cemetery. Plot I contains the dead of the…

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Thomas Barratt VC

Rate this post Thomas Barratt VC Thomas Barratt VC (5 May 1895 – 27 July 1917) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Barratt was born on 5 May 1895 to James and Sarah Ann Barratt.He was 22 years old, and a private in the 7th Battalion, The South Staffordshire Regiment,…

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Alfred George Drake VC

Alfred George Drake VC5 (100%) 1 vote[s] Alfred George Drake VC Alfred George Drake VC (10 December 1893 – 23 November 1915) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealthforces. Drake was born in December 1893 in Mile End, Stepney, London to Robert and Mary Ann Drake. He was 21 years old, and a corporal…

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The Story Behind the Remembrance Poppy (2)

Rate this post The Story Behind the Remembrance Poppy (2) Campaign for the Poppy as a National Memorial Symbol Moina Michael was determined to put all her energy towards getting the Poppy emblem adopted in the United States as a national memorial symbol. She was encouraged by a positive reaction to the idea by the press. She began a tireless campaign at her own expense, starting with a letter to her congressman in December 1918.…

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The Story Behind the Remembrance Poppy

Rate this post The Story Behind the Remembrance Poppy This is the story of how the red field poppy came to be known as an internationally recognized symbol of Remembrance. From its association with poppies flowering in the spring of 1915 on the battlefields of Belgium, France and Gallipoli this vivid red flower has become synonymous with great loss of life in war Yet the scope of the poppy and its connection with the memory…

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We shall keep the faith

Rate this post We shall keep the faith Educator, “Poppy Lady.” Moina Michael established the poppy as a universal symbol of tribute and support for veterans. Flanders Field is a United States military cemetery near Waregem, Belgium which contain the bodies of 368 Americans who died in World War I. It was the source for the famous poem, “In Flanders Field” by Canadian poet John McCrae. Michael was reading the Ladies Home Journal noticing the…

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The History of the Victoria Cross

Rate this post The History of the Victoria Cross             The Victoria Cross owes its evolution to the The Crimean War (1854-1856), when it was realized that no award was open to all soldiers regardless of rank. William Howard Russell of the Times, documented numerous unrewarded acts of gallantry by the British forces sparking huge debate on the issue of recognizing sacrifice and bravery. It became clear that a new…

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Shot at Dawn, Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery

Rate this post Shot at Dawn, Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery Held within one’s mind until beyond forever “Gift of Life” they gave. Private Stanley Stewart, 2nd Bn. Royal Scots Fusiliers, executed for desertion 29/08/1917, aged 21. Row G. 66.   Private James Smith, 17th Bn. The King’s (Liverpool Regiment), executed for desertion 05/09/1917, aged 26. Row M. 25. The Shot at Dawn Memorial is a British Monument at the National Memorial Arboretum near Alrewas, in…

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