Tag Archives: Remembrance

Sutton’s Somme campaign casualties

In my last post I listed the 38 men from Sutton and the surrounding area who lost their lives on 1st July 1916. On Remembrance Day, as the centenary of the end of the Somme campaign approaches, I thought it … Continue reading

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The story behind a lone headstone

To a passer-by, the headstone situated in the middle of the field might seem out of place, particularly if they are not aware of the history of the local area. But there are very few passers-by, for this is not … Continue reading

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Armistice Day in Ypres

Last November I travelled to Belgium with Leger Holidays on their ‘Armistice Day in Ypres’ tour. The reason for this was primarily to visit Tyne Cot for the first time, where my Great Great Uncle, William MacDuff, is commemorated. However … Continue reading

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May you sleep well in the earth of beautiful France

Corporal William Stuart Barnett, KIA 7.9.14 William Stuart Barnett was born in Sutton, Surrey, in 1892. His father, a jeweller and silversmith, died when he was just three years old. After leaving school William worked as a Pawnbroker’s assistant and … Continue reading

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The Youngest Lieutenant Colonel

Eric Gordon Bowden was killed on 22nd July 1918. At the time of his death he was Lieutenant Colonel of the 11th Battalion The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment), aged just 24. His Commonwealth War Graves Commission entry reads “Lt. … Continue reading

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Preparing for the Centenary

In a recent, rather rambling article for the Daily Mail, Max Hastings criticised the government’s apparent lack of interest (read: funding) in the centenary. However, I think that his assertion that “the British government is so eager to wash its … Continue reading

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Searching for William MacDuff – Part 2

Having found out details of my great-great uncle William MacDuff’s war service, I was now keen to find out more information about how he had died. The 11th Border Regiment war diary entry for the day was very brief; more … Continue reading

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Searching for William MacDuff – Part 1

It was only in early 2008 that I found out that I had relatives who had served in World War One. After my grandmother died I belated decided to look at my family tree. My mother dug out a tattered … Continue reading

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