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Remembered Today:

It's time for the MGWAT


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Had many ideas for this month, but ended up in this one...
October title is;

"I got that from Neuve Chapelle"

All artists to work! And new entrants are always welcome!
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Good title, mate - a plethora of interpretations spring to mind!!


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Yikes this ones a tough one! Hmmmmm as my poetry doesnt seem to get me anywhere, I may have to dig out my pencils...... 2b or not 2b that is the question

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According to the map in 2 Wilts War Diary the 13 I.R and 11 Jagers were in the area of The Moated Grange where 7th Division attacked.

Here is one 7th Div soldier with something he got from Neuve Chappelle.


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Here's my effort

gobar singh negi VC at Nueve Chapelle

He was 21 years old, and a Rifleman in the 2 /, 39th Garhwal Rifles, Indian Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 10 March 1915 at Neuve Chapelle, France, during an attack on the German position Rifleman Gobar Sing Negi was one of a bayonet party with bombs who entered their main trench, and was the first man to go round each traverse, driving back the enemy until they were eventually forced to surrender. He was killed during this engagement.


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All very good so far, now i have to think about this one like everyone else!!!!!

but with the move and all?????????????????


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Here's what I managed to come up with last night (didn't sleep).

Conversation between relatively newly arrived soldier and an older warrior,

"I got that from Neuve Chapelle". This illustration could also be title "Read my scars"...


(click it for the bigger one)

I don't completely understand this "The total filespace required to upload all the attached files is greater than your per post or global limit..."-thing. If I would understand (of course, this is not something I can really complain about, it's just how things are...) I still wouldn't like it, because it makes me reduce the size too much. so that's why I got the link...

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Hi folks I hope you'll excuse this one. Its based on an incident that happened nearly 26 years ago with some poetic licence.

Head bowed, eyes closed, cap in hand

Before the monument to the Great War

The old man quietly mumbled the names

Of those that had fallen, he did not read them

For the years had carved them into the cold grey stone

Of his minds eye and he remembered them

As one remembers a prayer

He stepped back ,came smartly to the attention

And stood proud in silent contemplation

Not wanting to disturb his thoughts

I stood aside so not to interrupt his vigil

After a few minutes he made a formal bow

Half turned as if to go and seeing me for the first time

Gave a long slow nod of acknowledgement

I asked him if he had served in the war

Aye, he said, I did my bit stiffening with pride

He told me he was a regular, One year with the colours

Not much more than a boy when shipped out

Not old enough for the key of the door

But old enough to fight a war

He chuckled pleased to remember a long forgotten joke

So many questions ran through my head

How many of his friends were listed amongst the dead

What had he done, where had he been

What medals won, what the sights had he seen

I knew I could not ask all that was on my mind

So all that I that thought appropriate to ask was

Please sir may I shake your hand

With great ceremony he put his hat inside his coat

And held out his left - and only hand

For it was then I saw that instead of medals adrning his breast

It was an empty sleeve that hung across his chest

He sensed my shock as I shook his hand

And nodded matter of fact to the cuff pinned to his lapel

I got that at Neuve Chapelle

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Great entries, all! (as usual :) )

I have inspired myself in a 1918 German Poster by Richard Klein titled "Opfertag". My entry is of course less monumental (and not as well drawn) as Klein's poster, but I liked the idea of the man carried away from the fighting by his pals in a chair/stretcher improvised with a rifle. Of course uniforms here are of 1915 vintage to suit this month's theme.

I'm not proficient in German uniforms and equipment so I hope experts forgive any inaccuracies here (i.e. I don't know if any unit involved wore brandenburg cuffs as depicted)



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