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Our grandfathers and fathers and relatives in military service!

Article about: by Spitace41 Looks like he was in the Home Guard? Indeed and must be before he joined the navy. Great pic and a great family history you have (Col) James.

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    Yankee!!
    We have met the enemy and have learned nothing more about him. I have, however, learned some things about myself. There are things men can do to one another that are sobering to the soul. It is one thing to reconcile these things with God, but another to square it with yourself. - Robert Leckie

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    Quote by UK Cousin View Post
    Yankee!!
    That's "Damn Yankee" to you!!!!
    "Please", Thank You" and proper manners appreciated

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    My father and I both served in the same region of the world, him in 1991, and me in 2012. It's pretty wild to think about.

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    My father in WWII, U.S. Army Air Force. A corporal in the photo, he rose to staff sgt.

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    Isn't this a great thread? Over 20,000 views.
    Thanks to all contributing! Keep on showing
    photographs from family and relatives!!
    "Wir sollen auch unser Leben für die Brüder lassen" (1.Joh.3.16):
    zum Gedächtnis Wilhelm Schenk. Er starb fürs Vaterland am 13. Juni 1916

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    I'm only 15 but I know my family history quite well. Personally I'd like to join the TA (UK) as I'm an army cadet but I love history so I'd like to serve but still carry out my passion.
    My Relatives:
    *My Great Uncle Fred was in the RASC and fought in North Africa, Italy and Europe. I've been told when he was once driving, not sure where, the guy next to him was shot but Fred had to keep on driving, and he died next to him.
    *I have a Great Uncle Clifford and he was a chauffeur for the top brass. Fred and Clifford were brothers and I believe they were in Italy somewhere and they passed each other, going different ways, one in a truck, the other in a car. Just pure luck!
    *There was one more Great Uncle but not much is known sadly. His name was Derrick and that is about it.
    * My Great Uncle (dads side) was a Tank Driver in Early '45, not much is known either.
    * My GGGF (mums side) was in the Sherwood Foresters but only saw ('only' it was hell) combat in October/November 1918 as the British Army were giving the Germans hell, he fought near Le Cateau.
    * My GGF (dads side) was in the Leicestershire Regiment, fought at Hohenzollern Redoubt, where his battalion lost 500 men, the average age was between 17-21 dear god, he was also wounded when a German bullet ricocheted off his spade when digging a trench and entered his back. He fought from 1914-1918 and, I think, and after the war ended up on the Northwest Frontier.
    *Other GGF (dads side) was in the RASC in WW1.
    * I believe my Uncles Dad fought in North Africa, not too sure, but his granddad was killed in 1915.
    * My uncle was in the army post war and my Grandpa was in the RAF.

    Sorry for the long winded reply haha

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    Quote by Wilhelm Saris View Post
    He was killed by a stray bullett on June 13, 1916 at Wytschaete in Belgium.
    It was a quiet day with no action, "Im Westen Nichts Neues".
    From post 3: last Monday it was 100 years ago my grandfather
    Wilhelm Schenk was killed during WWI. Long ago, but not forgotten!

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    "Wir sollen auch unser Leben für die Brüder lassen" (1.Joh.3.16):
    zum Gedächtnis Wilhelm Schenk. Er starb fürs Vaterland am 13. Juni 1916

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    Herbert Wiffin
    1898–1943
    BIRTH JANUARY 1898 • Newark, Nottinghamshire, England
    DEATH 9 DEC 1943 • Newark, Nottinghamshire, England
    My 2nd cousin 2x removed
    Joined up 1916 and was invalided out in 1918. Served with the Notts and Derby's and the Royal Dublin Fusileers. The photo shows him wearing his Silver Wound badge.
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    Just made a new discovery this morning. My 3rd Cousin, three times removed:

    Name: Edward Arthur Benskin
    Birth Place: Great Bowden, Leics
    Residence: Quorn, Leics
    Death Date: 25 Sep 1916
    Death Place: France and Flanders
    Enlistment Place: Loughborough, Leics
    Rank: Private
    Regiment: Leicestershire Regiment
    Battalion: 8th Battalion
    Regimental Number: 27076
    Type of Casualty: Killed in action
    Theatre of War: Western European Theatre
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    Another 3rd cousin:

    Name: Walter Henry Benskin
    Military Year: 1914-1920
    Rank: Private
    Medal Awarded: British War Medal and Victory Medal
    Regiment or Corps: Leicestershire Regiment
    Regimental Number: 48313
    Previous Units: 48313 1/5 Leic. R. Pte.
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