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Thomas Frost Dalzell's Story

Fran Walsh

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1 hour ago, Fran Walsh said:

Would your great uncle have been on the same front line somewhere...? 

I know nothing about POWs and how they were treated in the Great War... Sad to survive such great battle but to succumb from wounds later...


Well, many thanks for directing me to those diaries - it has given me this amazing knowledge:  At 10am on 21st March, whilst commanding the guns A2 and A3 on the front line, 2nd Lt Dalzell managed to send a message back which read " Enemy through, numbers unknown, am knocking hell out of them". No further information was received from any of these guns.


I'm completely astounded! I'm so lost for words. To find such a reference to an ancestor and his last moments in the Great War, I just can't believe it. It has brought tears.


I can't thank you enough, and everyone who has commented on this thread, who has helped me gather so much more information than I started with. 


I will continue reading and piecing together and I will amend his biography in due course.


Thanks again.

I thought you might find it interesting to watch a short film of a single Vickers Machine Gun firing:


1.  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ApmMbiF0nVs


2.  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=84RCfcH_xuU



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