Remembering today ...

Discussion in 'All Anniversaries' started by dbf, Nov 11, 2008.

  1. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Brothers, John Gwynne & William Gwynne

    Their nephew, John Draper Gwynne

    :poppy: Not forgotten :poppy:
     
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  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Sapper Luke Allsopp
    Sgt Simon Cullingworth
    Unlawfully Killed at Al Zubayr
    March 2003:poppy:
     
  3. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Cyril B.
    Killed at Neuve Chappelle.
    March 1915.
    :poppy:

    John Morgan-Richards.
    killed in Burma.
    November 1944.
    :poppy:

    Uncle Frank.
    Dunkirk POW.
    2008
    :poppy:
     
  4. Ferahgo

    Ferahgo Senior Member

    Frederick Cousins MM Somerset Light Infantry 25/5/1918 :poppy:
    Frederick John Cousins Black Watch 24/3/1945:poppy:
     
  5. Verrieres

    Verrieres no longer a member

    :poppy: James Tuckwell
    Pte Ex 2 DLI & Green Howards
    Palestine 1945-48
    Died 2nd Jan 2008
    :poppy:Cpl J W S Gibson
    6th DLI
    KIA Wed 14/06/1944 North West Europe

    FAITHFUL

    Regards
    Verrieres
     
  6. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    :poppy: Pte Richard Proudfoot
    1st Battalion Irish Guards
    died 15th March 1917

    And all the other men from the Republic and the North who gave their lives.
     
  7. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    I have just finished watching the ceremony at the Cenotaph marking the 90th Anniversary of the end of WW1.

    An immensely moving ceremony that included the reading out of letters written by servicemen who were never to return from the fields of battle.

    Some figures stick in one's mind.

    RAF Bomber Command in WW2 suffered 55,000 men killed, amongst whom was a dear, much missed brother and for this reason the number of casualties will forever be meaningful to me.

    Today, we were reminded that in WW1, on the Somme, on July the 1st 1916, 60,000 men were killed on the first day of battle.

    What a terrible figure to dwell on.
     
  8. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Today, we were reminded that in WW1, on the Somme, on July the 1st 1916, 60,000 men were killed on the first day of battle.
    No Ron that is total casualties.
    Killed were
    19240
     
  9. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    No Ron that is total casualties.
    Killed were
    19240
    It was still an awful figure, especially given the futility of the Attack. The Somme, Verdun, Passchandaele the list goes on......
     
  10. 51highland

    51highland Very Senior Member

    Still a terrible figure. !!! (beat me to it)
     
  11. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    the futility of the Attack

    Oh for God's sake can we stop seeing The Great War as futile.
    The Germans invaded and the British and French and Allies had to kick them out of Belgium and France.
    How the Hell is that futile????
    This thread is about remembering the Falllen don't discussing if The Great War was futile or not.
     
  12. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member Patron

    Remembering my father Sgt. Seymour Clare RAF. Missing from operations 13 August 1942. :poppy:
     
  13. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran Patron

    No Ron that is total casualties.
    Killed were
    19240

    Owen

    Apologies for that

    You are of course quite correct, it was casualties as stated below but even 19,240 was a terrible "butcher's bill".

    IT IS the 90th anniversary of one of the most infamous battles in British military history. On the Somme in France, there were 60,000 casualties in a single day - July 1 1916
     
  14. MLW

    MLW Senior Member

    Here is a naive question, prompted by your posts. In the US, 11 November is Veterans Day. Strictly speaking it is a day for surviving veterans. But of course, the general public (and media) often expands that to memorialize the war dead. However, we also have a day for that - Memorial Day, 30 May - which is for remembrance of the dead. It is frequently expanded to include surviving veterans. I guess Americans don't see these things in rigid ways.

    How do Briton's view 11 November? I gather from the post that it is to remember the war dead.

    Regards, Marc
     
  15. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Does anyone know if the Germans marked today with any special events?
    I heard on BBC News 24 that Prince Charles & Sarkozy were off to a German cemetery after the events at Verdun.
     
  16. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    How do Briton's view 11 November? I gather from the post that it is to remember the war dead.

    Regards, Marc


    For me It's a day to remember firstly those that fell, then those that served and those that are serving today.
     
  17. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA

    Well said Drew

    In remembrance of the last WW1 casualty from my village from 12 November 1918

    Name: COLES, HAROLD JAMES
    Initials: H J
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Private 1st Class
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force
    Age: 23
    Date of Death: 12/11/1918
    Service No: 82991
    Additional information: Son of Frank Coles, of Eynsford, Dartford.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: In East part.
    Cemetery: EYNSFORD (ST. MARTIN) CHURCHYARD

    :poppy::poppy:
     
  18. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    For me It's a day to remember firstly those that fell, then those that served and those that are serving today.

    Drew,

    Robert beat me to it, but I have to agree entirely with your comments.

    Today I remembered My Grand Father who fought in WW1, whom died in 1941 as a result from being gassed.

    My Father, A veteran of the Italian campaign WW2 (Recce),

    My Uncle also a veteran of WW2 (RE)

    I too watched the ceremony broadcast from London on TV which was very moving.

    Regards :poppy:

    Tom
     
  19. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    There but for the grace of God
     
  20. andalucia

    andalucia Senior Member

    My Grandfather Gunner Bernard Hogan who was killed on 25 January 1944 aged 31 during the Italian campaign. He also spent 3 years in Malta helping to defend the Island from that terrible bombardment.

    Also his cousin Francis Cragg who died 11 May 1942 aged 18 Ocracoke island, North Carolina, Aboard HMS Bedfordshire

    My Two great grandfathers.

    Gunner John Hogan killed 24 June 1917 ( father of my grandfather above ) aged 32 in Belgium

    Private John Owens killed 13 May 1915 aged 37 in Belgium
     

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