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Didb72  (Level: 206.4 - Posts: 243)
Sun, 26th Jul '09 9:14 AM


I was reading the news on the BBC website. In the last two weeks two of remaining WWI vet Harry Patch and Henry Allingham died of old age, they were respectevely 111 for Patch and 113 for Allingham. Now, only three WWI survivors are still alive, one in Canada, one in US and one in Australia.
If you have a relative who did WWI or you have a story told by a former WWI vet about their harrowing experience, Here it is the thread.

Surreyman  (Level: 257.2 - Posts: 2766)
Sun, 26th Jul '09 10:27 AM

Well, my four 'grandparent' families didn't lose a single person in action which, in my experience, is something of a record in itself.
Fondly remember chats with my paternal grandfather, who was a lorry driver attached to all the Lawrence of Arabia stuff.

Achad  (Level: 201.8 - Posts: 661)
Sun, 26th Jul '09 11:49 AM

My four 'grandparent' families didn't lose a single person in action either. Apart from both grand-dads who took part, the rest were either all girls, or too old. Although both grand-dads survived, my mum's dad received a War Pension of 6d. a week after suffering eye damage while in Africa: his donkey kicked him! I never did find out why it did so!

Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Sun, 26th Jul '09 12:05 PM

My grandad was on the front line when the first bullet was fired. When the second one went off he was back at home !

M48ortal  (Level: 248.3 - Posts: 3734)
Sun, 26th Jul '09 5:50 PM

All of my relatives of that period survived WWI, but then at least four died in a two week period in 1918 fro the Spanish Flu pandemic.

Bobolicios  (Level: 116.8 - Posts: 1745)
Sun, 26th Jul '09 6:04 PM

Surreyman, I am in awe. Your grandfather was attached to T. E. Lawrence. One of my favorite movies I bet he had some stories. He was extremely eccentric they say. He was an actual british officer for those of you who don't know, Lawrence of Arabia is based on a real person.

Garrybl  (Level: 276.3 - Posts: 6610)
Sun, 26th Jul '09 6:13 PM

My grandmother was the yougnest of 13, 11 of whom were married and had children.
The direct descendants of her parents number about 300 and most live in London.
She was born in about 1900 -- none of her brothers died in WWI. And all the children of that generation also survived WWII.

My grandfather on the other side was the only graduate of his Oxford College officer group to survive. He broke a toe and was hospitalized --which was why he survived I think.


Surreyman  (Level: 257.2 - Posts: 2766)
Mon, 27th Jul '09 6:19 AM


Yep, I've studied Lawrence quite closely over the years, maybe partly as a result of Grandad.
Culminated some 10 years ago with 're-enacting' his famous camel trek from Aqaba to Suez.
He was killed not far from where we now live.
There's a lot of silliness written about him - and even his own accounts can be very 'unreliable'!
But, nevertheless, a fascinating episode, which was a part of many of the origins of current problems in Iraq, Palestine etc.

Larefamiliaris  (Level: 135.2 - Posts: 877)
Wed, 29th Jul '09 10:09 AM

Just seen this thread.
I've a picture of my great grandad sitting atop a donkey in Egypt, alongside assorted officers, enlisted men, natives and camels. What's remarkable about it is the Sphinx just behind them all: it's yet to be dug out of the sand! You can see part of the head and a wee bit of shoulder but that's all.

He survived WW1 but like many old soldiers never spoke about it.

Chender  (Level: 190.7 - Posts: 160)
Wed, 29th Jul '09 2:30 PM

My office is just a couple of hundred yards away from T E Lawrence's grave - it has many visitors, even now!

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