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100th Anniversary of Britains first battle of World War One. [Copy link] 中文

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1584austin Post time: 2014-8-20 14:20
Have you ever been impressed but any of his comments?

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1584austin Post time: 2014-8-20 14:18
Great thread

My Great Uncle George Perrin died in 1917 in France during that war.

Thanks for the kind comment Austin,

Sorry to hear of the loss, I don't think there's a family in the UK, Canada, Australia, NZ and of course Europe who didn't loose at least one member of their family in the war to end all wars.

My family lost 12 all up including Great Uncles, a Great Aunt (Nursing Sister), etc though their stories aren't very well known to me.  I have my Great Grandfather's pen and a couple of trinkets, my uncle has the majority of his personal effects including his war time diary and all the photos etc.  

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Ratfink Post time: 2014-8-20 16:55
Thanks for the kind comment Austin,

Sorry to hear of the loss, I don't think there's a family in  ...

He was 19. terrible

Also sorry for your losses

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1584austin Post time: 2014-8-20 17:06
He was 19. terrible

Also sorry for your losses

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I used to spend a lot of time as a teenager talking with WW-I veterans, both back home in the UK and here in Australia, one in particular who was a groundskeeper and was involved with both the Gallipoli fiasco and the summer offensive on the Somme and Paschendale was very explicit in his descriptions of life in the trenches.  I'll never forget him saying that he and his mates had thought they'd been through hell in Gallipoli but when they went in to the line at the Somme they realised they'd been as he said, in the kids playground and now they were in hell proper. He could not believe that men had been living and dying in such atrocious conditions for nearly 2 years.

We are so lucky today, I doubt if many of the under 30's would be physically or emotionally tough enough to take the meat grinder that was the Western Front.
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Tyne Cot Cemetary?

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QUOTE We are so lucky today, I doubt if many of the under 30's would be physically or emotionally tough enough to take the meat grinder that was the Western Front.

Absolutely true, if there wasn't a Mcdonalds nearby, and they couldn't wear their designer clobber they'd run home to mum

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