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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Armistice Day WW1 ~ Poppy Day.

This is my maternal grandfather, Albert James Peters, in January 1916 when he was recuperating at a military hospital in Egypt after action in Gallipoli. He was a Welshman who fought with the Royal Irish Fusiliers 1914 to 1918 ~ World War One ~ The Great War ~ The War to End All Wars. "He served with honour", won many medals and was Honourably Discharged in December 1918.

He didn't like to talk about the war, he saw some horrific things in the four years he spent fighting in that terrible war. He was a wonderful granpa and passed away in 1975. As a little girl I went on lovely walks exploring the local woods and countryside with him and his dog Rover.

This is me, my mum, Granpa and Rover back when we were both pups.

Granpa took good care of me. I remember when I would fall and scrape my knees he would wrap them up in big bandages WW1 style, lol.

Here he is making sure my draws didn't fall down when I went swimming.

My dad's mother's three brothers all fought in the First World War. Here are two of them, Harry and Jesse with their mother, Elizabeth.
Harry William Hulatt. Private, 1/5th Bedfordshire Regiment. He was mobilised with the Territorial’s in August 1914, and completing his training in the following year was drafted to France, where he took part in much severe fighting in the Somme and Arras sectors. He died gloriously on the field of Battle at Ypres Belgium on the 19th August 1917 (age 21) and was entitled to the 1914-15 Star and the General Service and Victory Medals. “His life for his Country, his soul to God”.

(War grave information of). Pte. Harry William Hulatt 32130 (3162), 6th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action 19th Aug 1917. Voormezeele Cemetery, XV. Row D. Grave 15. No 3 Extension/Enclosure, Ypres, Belgium.

Jesse Richard Hulatt. Private, 4th Bedfordshire Regiment. Volunteering in 1915, he was drafted overseas in the following year. During his service on the Western Front, he took part in many important engagements, including the Battle of the Somme, Bullecourt, Arras and Cambrai, and was wounded twice and gassed in action. He was demobilised in January 1920, and holds the General Service and Victory Medals.

Frederick Walter Hulatt. Rifleman K.R.R.C. He joined in February 1918, after a period of training he was engaged at various stations on important duties. After hostilities ceased he proceeded to Germany with the Army of Occupation and served on the Rhine at Cologne until his demobilisation in June 1920.

Jesse Richard Hulatt, died 17th November 1924 (age 27)
Frederick Walter Hulatt, died 21st March 1936 (age 35)

In Flanders Fields.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


Unknown said...

Wow, thanks for putting this up there. Didn't realize how much our family suffered for king, Country and Empire...

frogsmile said...

Even the survivors of the war died very young. Do you know why?