Lest we forget by PaulT

Went to a meeting last night at which there was a speaker who spoke about the names on the local war memorial from WWI.

Some years back he decided that he would research the background of the people named and where they had died.

He started his speech by saying he automatically presumed that they would all be local men who served with British regiments. This turned out not to be the case. Two of them fought with Canadian units and one with an Australian unit. The reason being that they had emigrated from families still in the area and hence their names on the memorial.

Another was an officer who served with a West Indian regiment - the powers that were had a low opinion of the fighting abilities of the West Indians and were normally not actually involved in the fighting and they had white officers and in this case one from the local area. He died not die in battle but by one of his troops going in to his tent one night and shooting him. They now both lie side by side in a War Grave.

Two other names - one from a very well to do family who had a holiday home locally but had then decided to move there permanently. Their coachman also moved to the locality so that he could continue his employment. And so it was that the son of the well to do family and the son of the coachman were killed. Based on where they lived the well to do son should have had his name on the local memorial and the coachmans son on the next town. The well to do father argued that their names should be together and hence due to his influence both appear on the same memorial.

There was also the three brothers who went off to fight and all the others.

What I thought was going to be a little boring turned out to be fascinating which was the opinion of all those present. The speaker has produced a book so there is now a record so they are now people instead of just names.

"Don't think of them as problems, think of them as opportunities."
"OK, I think I've hit an insurmountable opportunity!"


Posted 13 Nov 2014, 07:46 #1