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"Lest We Forget"


Karrusel
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In memory of my great grandfather John RFA who was killed at the Battle of the Aisne in September 1914, my other great grandfather John RNR who was killed when HMS Goliath was torpedoed in the Dardanelles and oF the many in my family who served including, great grandfather Walter Labour Corps 1916 - 18, grandfather Hugh Royal Welch Fusiliers 1930 - 1935, Grandfather Jack Royal Tank Regiment 1943-1946, Uncle Mike Royal Navy 1951 - 1961, Uncle Fredrick Lancashire Fusiliers 1950's to 1970's, my son Royal Navy and 29 Commando RA 1998-2005

This G10 worn by my son

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My Marvin trench watch, which many of you will have seen before, dates from 1917, the year of Passchendaele, so it is 104 years old. Still ticking away beautifully, wound occasionally and will be worn today and Sunday to visit the local war memorial.

I have a few of the poppy pins from recent years, as you see. The Somme 100 from 2016, the Passchendaele 100 from 2017, the D-Day 75 from 2019, and the ones with just a year designation. Sadly I seem to be missing the Armistice 100 pin from 2018.

Remembered today: Herbert H (Sen.), my grandfather (RN 1914-1919); Herbert H (Jun.), my father (RN 1940-1946); Samuel S, my great-uncle (Warwickshire Regt. 1914-1916 - died at the Battle of the Somme, missing, name inscribed** on the Memorial at Thiepval).

** I found his name there in 1995. Incredibly moving.
 

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Today’s a special day and this watch belonged to my late father who passed away 5 1/2 years ago aged 92. He served in the RAF during the 2nd World War and flew 40 bombing missions, which was quite unheard of , most crews on average only managed 12.  This was his last watch which I kept for posterity. RIP Dad
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       Let’s not forget their sacrifices  

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My late father in law in a POW camp, back row second right.

and his last mechanical watch. He had two birthdays, his real one, and the one he lied about to join the army because he was too young in 1935. He saw out the war, liberated by American forces, and at 75, had one of his most memorable days. 51st Highland Division standard bearer for the Queen's opening of the 51st Highland Division memorial to mark victory and peace in Europe, 1945-1995.

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1 hour ago, WRENCH said:

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My late father in law in a POW camp, back row second right.

 He had two birthdays, his real one, and the one he lied about to join the army because he was too young in 1935. 

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Believe this was a common occurrence.

My father had a distinguished time serving as an Royal Marine Commando, particularly in that hell hole Burma (he never spoke about it).

However, after his passing we discovered one blemish(?) on his otherwise impeccable military service...

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Larger than life man with an even bigger heart!

RIP Dad.

 

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Some very impressive and humble veteran’s stories presented here. BZ to them all

I hope my children and grandchildren will remember my generation and me with such respect 

7 hours ago, Welsh Wizard said:

Today’s a special day and this watch belonged to my late father who passed away 5 1/2 years ago aged 92. He served in the RAF during the 2nd World War and flew 40 bombing missions, which was quite unheard of , most crews on average only managed 12.  This was his last watch which I kept for posterity. RIP Dad
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       Let’s not forget their sacrifices  

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That is impressive 

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