THE FIRST WORLD WAR as reported in the daily news

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THE FIRST WORLD WAR as reported in the daily news

Postby DuncaninFrance » Sat Sep 01, 2012 3:27 am

With the 100th anniversary of the start of the 'War To End All Wars' moving ever nearer I thought it would be appropriate for a dedicated thread on MAH to post links and other items concerning the First World War.

As a starter I thought that this link would be an interesting one to view. It is from the CWGC September Newsletter which can be viewed at;



As part of that Newsletter the following link takes you to the Commonwealth Cemeteries Of The World site.



Here is a Google Earth map showing an overlay of the CWGC Cemeteries and memorials in France.
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Postby Niner Delta » Sat Sep 01, 2012 3:29 pm

If it was "The War to End all Wars", why did they give it a number?

(And yes, we all know the answer, it's just a little war humor.)

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CANADIAN FORESTRY CORPS.,

Postby DuncaninFrance » Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:57 am

Not everyone who joined up or was conscripted actually fought in the front line during WWI.
For example, George Gilbert Bricker of Waterloo, Ontario, H.Q., Canadian Forestry Corps who died on 27 October 1918.
He is buried in TALENCE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, Bordeaux, possibly a casualty of the Flu Pandemic that claimed so many lives at the end of the war.
The Royal British legion hold a service here every Remembrance Sunday and a Poppy Cross is placed on the graves of all the 11 burials .
More information about the Corps can be found here.
http://www.russiansinthecef.ca/forestry/index.shtml
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Forestry_Corps

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Postby Niner » Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:17 am

Since he died just a couple weeks before the end maybe he was one of those who volunteered for the infantry.

I was wondering what the Forestry Corps was doing in a war and found this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_Forestry_Corps
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Postby DuncaninFrance » Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:54 pm

That's the second link I posted above Robert!
I doubt he was in any battle or front line as he is buried here in Bordeaux. More likely he was working in the Lands where they grow large acreages of timber.
It's possible a tree fell 0n him or some such mishap I suppose but the flue pandemic gets my vote as there are 9 Canadian graves, all Forestry Corps and all died between October 1917 & September 1918.
None of the records state K.I.A.
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Postby Niner » Mon Sep 03, 2012 5:30 pm

:bigsmile: I didn't notice your link before doing a Google. :oops:
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Postby Niner Delta » Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:31 pm

My cousin's Grandfather was in the trenches with the Canadian infantry. When I was a boy he told me stories about the trenches, wish I had a better memory or had written them down. He did get hit with gas, but he didn't seem to have a any permanent damage, guess his gas mask must have worked.
I will be seeing that cousin when I go to Washington this week, will ask her if she remembers any of the stories.

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Postby DuncaninFrance » Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:59 pm

From the Times Diary & Index of The War. 1914-1918

SATURDAY 31st OCTOBER 1914

"London Scottish - first territorial infantry in action, engaged at Messines where they sustained 'unshaken' losses amounting to 278 out of 26 Officers and 786 OR's"
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Postby Dave 101 » Wed Oct 31, 2012 5:29 pm

My Grandfather was in the Royal Navy and made it through WWI and served 22 years in all , Then went to work at RSAF Enfield .
I have his world tour a photo albums and many photos of things that happened during WWI .
Heres a photo of his jumper , white cap cover , medals , cap ribbons and German ribbons from captured sailors , The Mary box and items from it , the gun turret I believe he made whilst on board ship , the small brass shield was attached to peice of decking apparently .


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Re: THE FIRST WORLD WAR THREAD.

Postby DuncaninFrance » Thu Nov 01, 2012 3:47 am

I received my November Newsletter from the CWGC today with a link to this video.


It appears that the commission is using Vimeo as it's base for videos there being 49 posted so far.

The November News Letter is available here.
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What contemptible scoundrel has stolen the cork to my lunch? -- W.C. Fields
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