I too am amazed at the detail to be found.
My gt uncle John Henry Gambold was killed at the Dardanelles, and the
newspapers even published a copy of the letter received by his mother from
his commander, and then at the end of the war a very poignant "in memorial"
placed by the family which I feel sure that every family who lost someone
would have felt the same. The poem was:
He bid no one a last farewell, he said goodbye to none,
His spirit flew before we knew that from us he had gone,
We often think of you, dear John, and of how you died,
To think we could not say goodbye before you closed your eyes.
It may well be something that was penned by someone else and adapted by the
family, or maybe they wrote it themselves.
On 30 November 2013 00:04, David Rowlands <drowlan1(a)bigpond.net.au> wrote:
I had not seen that before and it has found newspaper items I had not seen
before at the LLGC site.
I was looking for any record of the only relative I know of who fell in
Europe in the Great War, one Heber Thomas, lost in October 1917
(Passchendaele), 2nd Lt in the Buffs. He was my Taid's second cousin. I
found a remarkable number of items about him and his family.
His father was Rev David Thomas, who is buried in his home parish of
Llangynfelyn but was a peripatetic Methodist minister who had also been in
Dolgellau and Denbigh. What was really remarkable was that one newspaper
article recording Heber's death even had a photo (awfully poor reproduction
and quite useless but the surprise was to see it at all!). Sadly the old
boy was in hospital in London when the boy died. The father then lasted
only a couple of years.
This source has yielded new information, though, including that Heber had
two sisters and identified who one was married to, so it provided some
interesting new leads.
On 29 Nov 2013, at 6:26 pm, Megan Roberts <meganroberts.bc(a)googlemail.com>
> I came across this site and found it most interesting and helpful:
> Cymru 1914 - The Welsh Experience of the First World War
> Megan Roberts
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