I have just finished researching Alec Carlile and his story can be read at

Another ordinary man called on to do his duty, which he did with the utmost bravery, like so many others.

If any descendants of Alec or his cousins Percy and John who I will be researching next have any information, family stories or photos they would like to add then please get in touch.



Herbert Gaunt who died from his wounds 100 years ago today on 1st January 1919 Herberts story can be read at

We also remember in January:

Stanley Pardy who died 8 January 1916

H F Whitbread who died 19 January 1918 who I still have to research.

Fred Robinson who died 22 January 1916



In this month of the centennial of the Armistice we remember the following men from Old Whittington and the Brushes who died in November between 1914-1918.

Charles Leggitt        5th November 1917

Bernard Dyson        6th November 1918

Reginald Draycott   11th November 1915

Matthew Clayton     22nd November 1915

Walter Butt              30th November 1917

I have already researched Matthew’s,Bernard’s and Reginald’s stories and they can be read at


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.

by John McCrae, May 1915

(November 30th 1872 – January 28th 1918)



I called at Old Whittington library this afternoon to check on the WW1 display. There have been a few visitors who have left encouraging comments. Its nice to know that the display is creating some interest.

A lady called Veronica Sanderson Element contacted me to ask if she could add her grandfather (John Sanderson)to the display. Although he survived the war he never recovered from his experiences and Veronica has written a lovely tribute to him.

I have attached a copy of this for you to read in case you have no opportunity to visit the display.


Tuesday 30th October 019


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