Amazing histories - eg of 8 brothers who volunteered

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CarlL
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Amazing histories - eg of 8 brothers who volunteered

Post by CarlL » Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:01 am

Well this is an amazing story of eight brothers who volunteered for action in WW1 and seven survived, one badly injured that he was sent home from service. See https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-b ... m-46044001

They bear an old Saxon name related to pig farming, although today its most likely linked to a football club that play in blue from the "other half" of my home "town".

There are probably many more such stories. This lacks details of their involvement but perhaps is another soldiers life yet to be written.

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Re: Amazing histories - eg of 8 brothers who volunteered

Post by granty101 » Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:27 am

CarlL wrote:
Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:01 am
This lacks details of their involvement but perhaps is another soldiers life yet to be written.

CarlL
Good spot mate ;)

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Re: Amazing histories - eg of 8 brothers who volunteered

Post by bannockburn bhoy » Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:16 am

My Granda had two brothers in the same company , the youngest James died in his arms at the Somme after going over the top. He lost his Sargeants stripes for stopping to tend to him and only his previous service prevented a court martial. He subsequently refused any promotions and ended the war a private.

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Re: Amazing histories - eg of 8 brothers who volunteered

Post by bannockburn bhoy » Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:18 am

Imagine having eight sons involved in that madness ,the parents must have been demented.

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Re: Amazing histories - eg of 8 brothers who volunteered

Post by granty101 » Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:36 am

bannockburn bhoy wrote:
Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:18 am
Imagine having eight sons involved in that madness ,the parents must have been demented.
Britain hadn't fought a major European power since Napoleonic times, and we were ill prepared for what lay ahead. Modern wars might be 'clinical and clean' , but we still need 'boots on the ground', and families will still go on being affected by war. We, (the human race), never seem to learn from our mistakes. :(

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Re: Amazing histories - eg of 8 brothers who volunteered

Post by granty101 » Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:37 am

bannockburn bhoy wrote:
Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:16 am
My Granda had two brothers in the same company , the youngest James died in his arms at the Somme after going over the top. He lost his Sargeants stripes for stopping to tend to him and only his previous service prevented a court martial. He subsequently refused any promotions and ended the war a private.
Lions lead by donkeys :(

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Re: Amazing histories - eg of 8 brothers who volunteered

Post by bannockburn bhoy » Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:49 pm

He had previously served in India ,South Africa and the Far East ,when WW1 was declared ex professional soldiers formed part of the reserve Army and so he went over with the first wave of the B.E.F. Alexander Joseph McEwan a man amongst men..as a boy I was nuts about him ,and 45 years after his passing still am.

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Re: Amazing histories - eg of 8 brothers who volunteered

Post by granty101 » Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:25 pm

bannockburn bhoy wrote:
Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:49 pm
as a boy I was nuts about him ,and 45 years after his passing still am.
The way it should be John.

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