Writing about the Ordinary Soldier

The following extracts are pieces about relatives who fought or fell in World War One. The particular emphasis is on the rank and file soldiers of whichever army they fought for. What is especially important is information about those relatives that helps to give a wider understanding about their lives and personalities.

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Reginald Wright

Sapper Reginald Wright 160393, 227th Field Company (Stockton on Tees), Royal Engineers – by his grandson Graham Wright. (Also see photograph in ‘Gallery’) He died on 28th March 1918 in Bayonvillers, France (I think this may have been when he was killed as there was very heavy machine gun fire, see following extract from war […]

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Harold Postill

My name is Harry (Harold) Postill, the Furniture Maker at Fangfoss near York. If I tell people that my dad was captured at the Battle of the Somme, they usually say, ‘You mean your grandad don’t you?’ Well no, because my dad was born in 1899 and didn’t have me until 1948. My dad, Harold, […]

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Neil Campbell

My grandfather is in the photograph in ‘Gallery’ of the Scots Guards working group (seated, left, holding a spoon and bowl). He was in the 2nd Battalion and before the war had seen duty at the Tower of London. He took part in the siege of Sydney Street. My grandad was a big man and […]

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Harold Peacey

(b~1885) brother-in-law to Frank and Fred Harris (see their entries in Writing about the Ordinary Soldier.) In WW1 on 25th April 1918 at Kemmel Ridge, near Ploegsteert, Harold Peacey (Driver 11798 RFA) was the “driver” of a six-horse gun team. (The “driver” sat on one of the front horses that led the team). During a […]

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Edwin Birch

Edwin Birch (b~1872-1963) was step-father to Daisy F. Birch who married Frederick C. Harris. (See his entry in Writing about the Ordinary Soldier.) He was a professional soldier who served in the Medical Staff Corps (later re-named as the Royal Army Medical Corps) and worked his way up through the ranks. He served in the Boer […]

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Positions - 1st Battle of Ypres

Menin Gate Memorial

The curved ceiling of the Menin Gate Memorial with the rebuilt town in the distance.

Pte A. Stringer’s grave in Perth Cemetery (China Wall)

Menin Gate Panel 11

A detail of Panel 11 of the Memorial with Joe’s friend Fellowes among those without a grave.

Army map of 1st Ypres October, 1914

Army map of 1st Ypres 29th October, 1914 – source, copy in the 'In Flanders Fields Museum', with permission. Where Joseph Garvey was captured is circled.

The Scots Guards Listed on Panel 11 on the Menin Gate

The Scots Guards are listed on Panel 11 on the Menin Gate. Just some of the 58,000 fallen who could not be identified.