World War One Centenary: We Will Remember Them
The 4th August 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the day Britain entered the First World War. Our staff and residents shared these messages to mark the centenary;
“My great-grandfather was in the Royal Flying Corps during WW1, one of the first combat flyers. We still have his wooden propeller centre and have had a clock movement set into it. It’s one of our family’s most prized possessions, we are so proud to have such history”.
Emma, Team Leader at Weymouth Veteran
“For my Great-Uncles lost in the Great War. All three brothers who died before they should have.”
David Lewis: 1892 – 1915 Died 24th May aged 23 Ypres, Belgium – no known grave
Thomas Lewis: 1896 – 1916 Died 1st July aged 20 Mametz, Somme, France
William Henry Lewis: 1898 – 1916 Died 20th July of his wounds aged 18 Mametz, Somme, France
- Pam Receptionist
"Remembering both my maternal and paternal grandfathers who fought in WW1"
Joe, Team Leader Wales H4V, Carmarthen
“I don’t like to think of the 17 year old kids who were fighting in the trenches with the rats, seeing their mates get killed every day, going over the top into artillery fire and dying. They were just kids.”
Sam resident, Weymouth H4V #Remember
"Remembering my Great-Grandfather Dennis Stanley, who served in the Northamptonshire Regiment, drowned on the way to the Somme.
Remembering my Great-Great-Uncle Jack Sealey, who served in the Wessex Field Ambulance. Killed 3rd August 1917 at Ypres.”
Andrew Lord, Chief Executive
The First Battalion South Wales Borderers went to France as part of the British Expeditionary Force in 1914 in the battles of Marne and the Aisne. In total, more than 1200 men from the First Battalion South Wales Borderers were killed during the war. Captain Paterson died on 1 November, he said the scenes he witnessed were "beyond description".
"Trenches, bits of equipment, clothing ( blood-stained), ammunition, tools, caps, etc, everywhere. Poor fellows shot dead are lying in all directions. Some of ours," he said. "Everywhere the same hard, grim, pitiless sign of battle and war. I have had a belly full of it."
Steve, Team Leader Wales H4V
“As we look back 100 years on from the war which was meant to end all wars, and think of those who were not given the chance to grow old. We also remember those who have lived with the scars of war whether these were physical or psychological, those who had a knock on their door and those who feared it.”
John Estall, Project Officer
"For all those who lost their lives and their sanity, on both sides of this ugly war – we honour and salute them and pray, as they prayed, for, finally, an end to War “
Sally, Bristol H4V
“In loving memory of my Great Uncle Walter Mills VC, who was killed in action on the 11th of December 1917 at the Red Dragon Crater near Givenchy, France.”
Chris, Wales H4V, Carmarthen
"For all the named and un-named soldiers for their incredible courage in the face of so much pain & loss"
Laura, Press Officer
Let our thoughts be with those who fell, who fought for us, strong, unified, determined, brave, scared. For those back home who lost their children, at a time where villages lost all their men of working age; sons, brothers, fathers, friends. Let our thoughts be with the loss, the loss of life, the loss of love, the loss of hope. Let our thoughts also be with those who came home to us, those who’s lives were changed and those who were too young to know any difference. Let our thoughts be with all of those who sacrificed and loss, both men and woman, parents and children, our communities. We owe you our freedom.
Mike, Veterans Care & Support Manager