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Offline grimmy

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Re: Somme Battlefields - September 2010
« Reply #15 on: April 06, 2011, 11:41:55 AM »
Many thanks, Pete. That brought tears to my eyes.
The flowers left thick at nightfall in the wood
This Eastertide call into mind the men,
Now far from home, who, with their sweethearts, should
Have gathered them and will do never again.

Offline Pete Th

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Re: Somme Battlefields - September 2010
« Reply #16 on: April 06, 2011, 11:44:30 AM »
Grimmy, you need to get over there. They are beautiful and moving places and a great credit to the CWGC who tend them.

Cheers
Pete
Remembering

Pte Sidney Lee (36719), 2nd Battalion, Worcestershire Regt - dow 18.02.17
Sgt Charles Roberts (13668), 11th Bn, Manchester Regiment - kia 18.05.18
Bombardier John Hesford (70065), 147th Heavy Battery, RGA dow - 04.09.18
Pte Sidney Lee (4131324), 8th Bn, Cheshire Regiment -  kia 12.03.41

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Re: Somme Battlefields - September 2010
« Reply #17 on: April 06, 2011, 02:29:56 PM »
Cheers Pete. Yeah, I want to take the old man over to Normandy so he can show me the sights of his WW2 exploits with the 11th Division (Operations Epsom, Goodwood, Market Garden etc).

During the 'Charge of the Bull' across France, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Denmark, his tank passed through Ypres.

Normandy to the Somme - what a journey - and I'm not just talking miles.

Looking forward to retracing the footsteps of two generations.
The flowers left thick at nightfall in the wood
This Eastertide call into mind the men,
Now far from home, who, with their sweethearts, should
Have gathered them and will do never again.

Offline Pete Th

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Re: Somme Battlefields - September 2010
« Reply #18 on: April 06, 2011, 11:01:16 PM »
Grimmy, I'm writing a book about my local area's involvement in WW2 and have had the great privilege of meeting several veterans of the war, all of whom I'm proud to call friends. My grandad served with the Royal Maritime Artillery in WW2 and was a great influence on me. I hope you both have a wonderful trip.

Cheers
Pete
« Last Edit: April 07, 2011, 08:44:30 AM by Pete Th »
Remembering

Pte Sidney Lee (36719), 2nd Battalion, Worcestershire Regt - dow 18.02.17
Sgt Charles Roberts (13668), 11th Bn, Manchester Regiment - kia 18.05.18
Bombardier John Hesford (70065), 147th Heavy Battery, RGA dow - 04.09.18
Pte Sidney Lee (4131324), 8th Bn, Cheshire Regiment -  kia 12.03.41

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Re: Somme Battlefields - September 2010
« Reply #19 on: April 07, 2011, 10:13:58 AM »
Many thanks Pete.

I keep pretending to myself that I'm worried that dad might not have the emotional strength to deal with the trip (the 23rd Hussars got a right pasting in Normandy and he lost many a good friend), but, if I'm honest, it's my ability to cope I'm worried about.

I have enough info to visit the spot, to within a few yards, where granddad was gassed at Ginchy in 1916. I just hope I can deal with that.

Gordon Bennett - those guys went through hell and back and here's me wimping out like a big Jessie. I'm gonna stand in front of a mirror looking tough when I get home  >:(
The flowers left thick at nightfall in the wood
This Eastertide call into mind the men,
Now far from home, who, with their sweethearts, should
Have gathered them and will do never again.

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Re: Somme Battlefields - September 2010
« Reply #20 on: April 07, 2011, 08:17:09 PM »
Pete

Which area will the book cover?

Phil

Offline Pete Th

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Re: Somme Battlefields - September 2010
« Reply #21 on: April 07, 2011, 09:48:36 PM »
Hi Phil, Irlam, Cadishead and surrounding areas. We've already completed the book on WW1.

Cheers
Pete
« Last Edit: April 08, 2011, 01:43:15 PM by Pete Th »
Remembering

Pte Sidney Lee (36719), 2nd Battalion, Worcestershire Regt - dow 18.02.17
Sgt Charles Roberts (13668), 11th Bn, Manchester Regiment - kia 18.05.18
Bombardier John Hesford (70065), 147th Heavy Battery, RGA dow - 04.09.18
Pte Sidney Lee (4131324), 8th Bn, Cheshire Regiment -  kia 12.03.41