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 "DEAD SOLDIERS NEVER DIE" The Lost Trunk

The 9th Regiment of the LEICESTERSHIRE TIGERS, 1914, BAZENTIN LE PETIT.


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Imagine the joy of  discovering an old trunk in the loft that reveals hidden family treasures from WW1.

This is exactly what happened to me ..........



                                                                    


ARCHIBALD GORDON EDWARD BOWELL

1889 to 1916.


 9TH LEICESTERSHIRE REGIMENT 

KILLED 14TH JULY 1916, BAZENTIN LE PETIT.

DEAD SOLDERS NEVER DIE.


I had decided to book a four day tour of the battlefields then the following week, lo and behold I came across an old trunk that has not been opened for at least 70 years, it revealed my great uncle s photo, his mother s photo and all documents pertaining to his death in the battle of Bazentin -Le -Petit, France.

This is what I discovered ...

1. My great uncle Archibald s medals, the telegraph from Buckingham Palace that his mother Charlotte (above) received, and the dead man s penny.


Among the photographs was this commemorative medal

A brilliant piece of WW1 propaganda


2.  WW1 PROPAGANDA LUSITANIA MEDAL


The medal came in a box with this cover on it . 

A certificate inside reads......
 An exact replica of the medal which was designed in Germany and distributed to commemorate the sinking of the Lusitania.

This indicates the true feeling the War Lords endeavor to stimulate, and is proof positive that such crimes are not merely regarded favourably, but are given every encouragement in the land of Kultur.


I think that my great grand parents must have kept this duplicate medal of the sinking of the Lusitania as a reminder of why their son was fighting, or maybe it was Archibald s.....



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WW1 SPONSORED  WALK

TERRY WHENHAM IS WALKING THE SOMME PLEASE SPONSOR

I had been considering for some time how I could become involved in marking this important event whilst supporting a good cause.
I have decided to take part in a 75 mile sponsored walk over just 3 days along the British sector of the old Western Front between Albert (the British base during the infamous Battle of the Somme) and Ypres, which was the scene of 4 battles during the war. The walk will arrive in Ypres on the 100 year anniversary of the start of the 1st Battle of Ypres, 19th October 2014.
The walk will be dedicated to my Great Uncle Henry who was killed during the Battle of the Somme aged just 20. The start of the walk is very close to where Henry was mortally wounded. I will also be remembering my Grandfather Arthur and we will be passing the spot where he carried out his brave action for which he was awarded the DCM for gallantry in May 1915. My chosen charity is the ABF Soldiers Charity (http://www.soldierscharity.org/).

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http://www.justgiving.com/TerryWhenham

Terry s WW1 story , walking for Henry.


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