War in the World: The Great (sic) War

It seems that I am discovering that the maxim is true that almost every family in England and  Wales were affected by the 1914-1918. In my time travels through the war records on-line, I am finding many soldiers in my family tree.

The records are quite touching, as the height of the each soldier is listed, and their girth is measured. There are dates for transfers to hospitals and recovery units, with short notations about the injury. The soldier’s demob dates are jotted down, with instructions on how to return his Great Coat to a railway station near his home destination for  £1. This money was to be considered as final payment for services. I remember my step-father telling me that he slept under his father’s Great Coat because they were too poor to have blankets; his father must have thought the coat was more use to him than the money.

I will have more, I promise.


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