My nans brother joined in 1915.ahe lied about his age saying he was 19 when he was just 17. He fought the whole war and at one point was sent home after his father wrote to his commanding officer with a copy of his birth certificate showing he was too young.Despite this after a short timevhe returned again. Ahe got trench fever in nov 1916 and in 1918 he was caught and became POW for 6 months. After being involved in many battles he returned homevto Salford where he sadly died in 1922 from pernicious amneamea. He was only 24 so sad that having come through so many battles and illness and capture, the effects of the gas led to him slowly bleeding to death. Such a brave man.
First name(s) John Last name Long Service number 17997 Rank Private Regimental number on roll 17997 Battalion 19th (Service) Battalion Company E Company Platoon Platoon No XVII Service record WO 363 Record set Salford Pals 1914-1918 Category Military, armed forces & conflict Record collection First World War Collections from Great Britain
Whilst looking at some postcards John brought back with him i have had 2 translated that were in french.It appears that he had a french admirer and it gives me great happiness to know he had some light amongst all the darkness on the front line. one line translated said I am not a great poet or a great singer but when i sing to you it is with my heart.I long for your deep joyfull eyes to meet mine. Romance kept many of the young mens morale up and the french women were often viewed as the unsung heroines that helped those on the front line.
I think he would have had to have them translated.I have also got a card he sent to his mum on his return to bury barracks where he tells her he is in the best of health with lots to tell her.So sad when he returned to the front he was gassed leading to his premature death after the war ended aged 24 in 1922.