JUNE - JULY 2016 - The Somme Display
Before we left for the centenary commemorations for the Battle of the Somme, we brought together a display in the community centre to remember our village men who fought in the Battle of the Somme.
2016 - On the Somme
During the commemorations for the centennial of the famous battle - we toured the Somme area that we know so well. And spent a great
afternoon at the village of Mailly-Maillet, which had been a British military camp and field hospital during the battle of the Somme.
The village saw a great many wounded men pass through as they were evacuated from the battlefield. And in July 2016 a military camp and
field hospital were reconstructed by the Great War Society.
More than 60 members of this living history group portrayed soldiers, doctors and nurses with WW1 military vehicles, field-kitchens and
hospital tents adding to incredible event.
They even played an iconic game of football!
Photos below (©smullins2016)
FEEDBACK & FURTHER INFORMATION
The granddaughter of Brimington soldier Private John T Souter who was killed in action 21st March 1918 – contacted us via email- to say she was “very impressed by your memorial website” and to let us know that her grandfather did in fact have THREE sons, not just one – Joseph Arthur - as we had stated.
We have now amended our information and added sons 'Clifford & Leslie' to Private Souter's biography. Many thanks Brenda.
Every year we endeavour to tidy up the 8 official Commonwealth War Graves Commission graves of our WW1 soldiers in Brimington Cemetery. We report back to the commission, any issues with the headstones etc.
This year we found Lance Corp Joseph Baumber’s headstone was still weathered and in urgent need of replacing and Private G H Godfrey’s headstone and grave were almost totally obscured by huge overgrown bushes. We reported both issues.
And received an immediate email in return ....
Dear Mrs Mullins
We have a replacement headstone in stock for J BAUMBER I have instructed the team that when they are on site fixing the headstone to turnaround the headstone to G.H. GODFREY, as you say this would be the best option in this case.
XXXXXXX (name deliberately deleted)
Regional Supervisor North Central, UKNA Commonwealth War Graves Commission 2 Marlow Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 7DX, United Kingdom | Website: www.cwgc.org
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