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Article about: by renmore Mic for the record Many thanks for that , looks like he became A/ Wo 2 BSM as well !!

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    Quote by renmore View Post
    Mic for the record
    Many thanks for that , looks like he became A/ Wo 2 BSM as well !!
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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    Jerry,
    There does not seem to be a sign of "actual" censorship on the postcard, .... but, by the lack of information given in the brief notes, it seems clear that "all" had been warned that the mail was checked, and "do not enclosed any loose talk".

    Post note.
    Peterborough was part of Northamptonshire during WW1.
    Northants reg. depot was at Northampton, but the main North/South rail link was at Peterborough.
    So under the assumption that the postcard was posted in Peterborough, ... I would suspect this was a "final" letter before the "off" to the front, even though the soldier has not mentioned battalion movements.

    It would be interesting to know if anybody has access to the Northants Regt. war diaries, to see if there was an actual deployment from depot in January 1915.

    Gary J.

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    Hi Gary,

    I thought it looks like the two with the cap badges have had them retouched to blur the outlines of the badges. My Grandfather was from Cardiff but his Father was from Wellingborough and when the war started he went back and joined his fathers local regiment. You might try the Great War Forum for information on the Northants Regiment war Diaries.

    Sorry Paul if we have piggybacked on your thread, as I seem to have done this three times recently on other peoples threads.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Quote by Paul E View Post
    Thanks guys for me it's a rare piece !!

    Yes Chris i have all my grandfathers medals and his records luckily they were some of the ones that survived the Blitz at the PRO at Kew.

    He fought at Loos , Ypres , the Somme and the Hindenburg Line !!
    Cool, those are very precious and should stay in the family for ever.
    Do you have a thread with your grandpa's awards etc?
    Looking for the photo albums of Leutnant Emil Freitag, 3. / G.R. 377

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    Quote by Bond View Post
    My Grandfather was at the Somme with the Northants regiment, but I don't know where his medals are.
    Lost out of the family? Or with somebody in the family? Without trying to state the obvious, have you posted on medal finder?

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    Possibly with another family member, I hope, as my father was one of many children, he was the third son so was probably not in line to get them and fell out with his family when I was a child and I have not seen any of them since the early 1970's. I'll try medal finder. I tired medal finder.com and it did not appear to be of any use. Can you be more specific on the site you mean?

    Sorry again Paul for this sidetracking of your thread.
    Regards,

    Jerry

    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    Quote by don_kihotis7 View Post
    Cool, those are very precious and should stay in the family for ever.
    Do you have a thread with your grandpa's awards etc?
    Here is a link to a thread about him !!

    My Grandad Gunner George Errington
    The gates of hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter" 26/880 Lance Sgt, Edward Dyke. 26th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers , ( 3rd Tyneside Irish )

    1st July 1916

    Thought shall be the harder , heart the keener,
    Courage the greater as our strength faileth.
    Here lies our leader ,in the dust of his greatness.
    Who leaves him now , be damned forever.
    We who are old now shall not leave this Battle,
    But lie at his feet , in the dust with our leader

    House Carles at the Battle of Hastings

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