We remember today John Smedley who died 13th May 1916 he was 18 years old and is buried in Alexandria.
He is remembered on Old Whittington and The Brushes War Memorials.
I have just completed my research into Horace’s story. Sadly he died during the 3rd Ypres offensive (what we all now know as Passchendaele) on 26th September 1917, most probably at the Battle of Polygon Wood. He was 19 years old.
If anyone is descended from Horace and would like to contribute any family stories or photographs please contact me.
We remember today Abraham Fearn who Died of His Wounds on 8th May 1916.
He is buried in Newbold (St John ) Churchyard and commemorated on Old Whittington War Memorial.
The following men who died in WW1 during May and are remembered on Old Whittington and The Brushes War Memorial.
Edwin Hewkin 3rd May 1917
Abraham Fearn 8th May 1916
John Smedley 13th May 1916
Archibald H Gill 23rd May 1918
Harold S Green 25th May 1918
Ernest Gilberthorpe 27th May 1918
Fred Mitchell 30th May 1918
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
Corporal Harry Lilliman died on 14th July 1916 on the Somme Battlefields. I have just finished researching his story and it can be found here
Harrys brother Fred died 3rd July 1916 and his story can be found here
If any descendants of the Lilliman brothers would like to share any family stories or photographs which we can put on the website then please contact me
I have just finished researching Fred Lillimans story.
Fred and his elder brother Harry died in July 1916 on the Somme Battlefields. I am now going to finish my research on Harry Lilliman and hope to post his story within the next few days.
It must have been a terrible time for the Lilliman family as the brothers died within 11 days of each other.
If any descendants of the brothers would like to share any family stories or photographs please contact me.