We want your memories!
You’ll remember that, in preparation for the centenary of WW1 this year, we’ve set out to discover more about the men commemorated on Buckland’s War Memorial. Who were they? What Regiment did they serve in? When and how did they die? Where are they buried? Who were their families?
Most particularly, are there still family members living in the area? Already some have dusted off old photos and mementoes and have let us reproduce copies. Nothing brings these young men back so poignantly as the pictures of them in their innocent and unsuspecting youth.
Here is Private Robert Stanley North of the 6th Battalion,Somerset Light Infantry, killed on August 25 1916. His body was never found. He’s commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial with the other 72000 men killed at the Somme from July-December 1916, who have no known grave.
Then here is Frank Smith of the 8th Battalion, Somerset Light Infantry; he was 19 on April 19 1917; he had been in France for 5 months, was wounded in late April, and died in the Military Hospital in Etaples on May 5. The family believe he was probably under age when he enlisted.
Thanks to the North and Smith families for allowing us to reproduce these photographs.
So, to misquote Kitchener, Your Village Needs You! Could you have any photographs put safely away somewhere? Any family mementoes? Any family stories? Any clue where we might look for descendants?
We’re also trying to compile a list of those who served in WW1 who came back – they deserve to be remembered too. Any names to add here?
Here, to remind you, are those names again:
Fred Billing Harry Painter
Fred Buttle William Pook
William Buttle Walter Charles Pring
William Grabham William James Pring
James Hardwill Frank Smith
William Hector WW2
Frank Knight Louis Ashford
Stanley North James Mudge
Please contact Rosanna Barton or Val Pym at email War Memorial
More information on Somerset Remembers Web Site, the Somerset Heritage Centre’s centenary site.
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