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631556 Rfn Walter Frank Sydney ROTHON 1/21 London Bn (First Surrey Rifles)

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This was recently given to me, found near Thiepval. It has been so lovingly made by his brother that I wondered if there were any relatives ‘out there’ who would be interested 

ROTHON-Rifleman-WALTER FRANK SYDNEY-631556-"C" Coy. 1st/21st Bn.-lon 21 First Surrey Rifles--15/09/1916-19-Son of Mrs. C. Rothon, of 26, St. Martin's Rd., Stockwell, London---THIEPVAL MEMORIAL-Pier and Face 13 C

 

 

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Dai Bach y Sowldiwr

His mother was Cecilia (nee Cooper).

He seems to have been the youngest son of her marriage to James George Rothon (m.1880).

There doesn't seem to have been a brother called Michael.

The (?paper ?fabric) label including what looks like Arial Bold font does seem rather modern to my eyes and makes it look a little suspicious.

As do the spelling mistakes, and strange mix of capitals and lower case at the beginning of each word.

 

 

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Dai

Thank you for your comments.

I assumed the brother was nick-named 'Mick' hence the inverted commas.

Also the inscription 'IN FONDEST...ETC is typed on separate lines hence the mistakes perhaps, like me a one-fingered typist

What strikes me is the care taken in producing it by someone not naturally skilled -

Hard Wood chosen; a tin poppy carved and painted, it's very moving

Bob

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