View Full Version : Remembrance/Veterans Day 2014

8th Nov 2014, 17:32
James L**** Oldham. 11-11-1917, 3rd Ypres. (My first cousin, 2x removed)
Memorialized at Menin Gate.


Add yours, if you wish. No cross-ocean bickering, please, everyone knows the statistics.

8th Nov 2014, 18:20
Major P M Large, my grandfather (and his brother) also on the Menin Gate, killed 23 April 1915, 2nd Battle of Ypres alongside the Canadians defending the line after the first gas attack. I will be there on the centenary to lay a wreath.

8th Nov 2014, 20:47
Lance Corporal William Arthur Green 2/6th Btn Gloucestershire Regiment, 24/08/1917. Buried at Lijssenthoek Cemetery.

C130 Techie
9th Nov 2014, 20:09
I will be making my third visit of this year to the Somme and Ypres in the next few days. Normally I take groups of 10 -12 people around the sites. This time for the first time I am going alone to do some research. It will make a change to be able to focus solely on the events of a century ago without having to concern myself with the whereabouts and well being of the group. Whilst I get a huge amount of satisfaction from taking the groups over and every visit is a moving experience, I believe this time it will be even more so.

Although the story must have been repeated at numerous points along the front line in the days leading up to the 1st July 1916 the story of Captain Duncan Martin and the Devonshires at Mansell Copse seems to affect me the most and I really don't know why. The Devonshire's Cemetery at Mansell Copse near the village of Mametz is where I intend to be at 07.30 on 1st July 2016.

I will be visiting Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery for the first time on this trip and hopefully a good number of other sites that I have not previously visited. As always the Last Post at the Menin Gate will be included.

10th Nov 2014, 17:01
Before I retired, it fell to me to call for the 2 minutes of silence on the office PA system. I wrote the words set out below. They were well received. Anyone who wants to do so may use them without attribution.

On the 11th of November 1918 at 11 o’clock in the morning, the guns fell silent to mark the end of the fighting in World War 1.

Since then it has been customary to keep 2 minutes of silence at this time to remember those who fought in all our wars, both the many who are gone and the few who remain.

Will you join me…

2 minute pause

Thank you.

10th Nov 2014, 19:05
C130 Techie.
I came across the small cemetery at Mansell Copse several years ago, it is off the beaten track and is well concealed by the trees around it.
I read the remembrance book listing the names of the interred, it was very much like looking at the phone directory of the small West Country village that I lived in at the time.
I think the fallen soldiers were caught by machine gun fire as they left the trench, and there is a headstone on the path that leads to the entrance gate that reads, " the Devonshires held this trench and the Devonshires hold it still".
There are a number of small cemeteries like this one tucked away in this area, quiet peaceful places to sit and reflect, the British and Commonwealth cemeteries are much less stark than the French and German cemeteries.

10th Nov 2014, 19:41
Great Uncle Christopher, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment), 4th August 1916, aged 20. Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, he has no known grave.

C130 Techie
10th Nov 2014, 20:11

I have visited Mansell Copse at least half a dozen times now and each time I find different questions running through my head. All based around the story of the machine gun positioned by the shrine in the civilian cemetery at the edge of the village. I wonder how Capt Duncan Martin motivated himself and his men to go over the top to certain death.

Each time I visit I read out loud the poem 'Before Action' written by Lt William Noel Hodgson who is buried in the cemetery. I always find this an emotional experience.

11th Nov 2014, 00:16
A nice touch as the last tour of 2014 passes the cenotaph on Blackpool prom on sunday night


11th Nov 2014, 10:32
BBC News - Armistice Day: Two-minute silence to be observed (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30000333)

11th Nov 2014, 11:37
Scarred by war: Battlefield landscapes from First World War 100 years on - Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-one/11221318/Scarred-by-war-Battlefield-landscapes-from-First-World-War-100-years-on.html)

Lovingly shot photos, very atmospheric.


11th Nov 2014, 19:01
Scarred by war: Battlefield landscapes from First World War 100 years on - Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-one/11221318/Scarred-by-war-Battlefield-landscapes-from-First-World-War-100-years-on.html)
These are amazing photos. Thanks for sharing. The Civil War scars here in the USofA are bad enough. Thank god we've had no industrial grade wars over here.

victor tango
11th Nov 2014, 19:22
Thank you Sallyann

14th Nov 2014, 16:22
Meanwhile in London, one parking warden hadn't heard that it was Remembrance Day!

Woman receives parking ticket for stopping her car during two-minute silence on Armistice Day in London | Metro News (http://metro.co.uk/2014/11/13/woman-receives-parking-ticket-for-stopping-during-two-minute-silence-on-armistice-day-4946844/)

Kensington and Chelsea Council said in a statement: ‘The Council would certainly wish to take these circumstances into account and would encourage this motorist to contact its parking office.’

And I would encourage the Council to contact the traffic warden and kick him up the backside :*