I have finally written up the story for my 3 x great grand father John Edwin Barnes, thanks again for everyone's help on here that have helped make this possible, cheers everyone.
One of my “Heroes” and Favourite Ancestors the fourth in my series of blogs about my 8 great-grandparents The Life and Times of John Edwin Barnes
I am now the very proud owner of the Royal British Legion commemorative Poppy pin to remember those that sadly lost their lives 100 years ago at the 3rd battle of Ypres, known as Passchendaele.
The details of how this project came about and what went into the making of these commemorative poppy pins can be found on the attached video link.
Passchendaele 3rd Battle of Ypres Commemorative coin and Royal British Legion Passchendaele Poppy
August 30, 2017Edit
Today I am now the very proud owner of the London Mint’s excellent commemorative coin for the 100 year anniversary of the 3rd Battle of Ypres – Passchendaele.
The coin comes in an excellent commeroatvie presentation pack and is a real quality piece of memorabilia. See attached pictures.
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My Father-in-law, whilst digging in the garden, had the good fortune to find this commemorative knife, which looks to have been designed as a letter opener. From what I can make out, it appears to be made from a shell casing. If anybody knows any different or has discovered a similar item, I would love to hear from you.
You just never know what you’re going to dig up next!!
Those of you that have following my blogs, will already know that my 2 x great grand father, John Edwin Barnes sadly died at Gallipoli on 25th April 1915.
Earlier this year I was able to visit the National Arboretum in Staffordshire which holds over 300 memorials to those that have sadly been lost in conflict and civilian life. It is a very humbling experience and a place for contemplation and reflection.
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John Edwin Barnes is my Great-Grandfather and he sadly died on 25th April 1915 during the first day of the Gallipoli campaign in WW1.
His biography details are as follows;
The following information is taken from John Edwin Barnes Army enlisting documentation dated 19th October 1906. He was recruited into the Essex Regiment at the Frances Street Office, Woolwich, London. On the day he enlisted, he was 17 years and 7 months old. His height was 5ft 6 1/2″ and his weight 12st 3lbs.