I never knew my Grandpa Robert, but I do know he served throughout WW1- not sure about the Somme though, but I know he was at Mons
. He was a keen Territorial and went overseas to France with the first forces. He went over as a Corporal and returned in 1920 as a Company Sergeant-Major. He was given mentioned in dispatches, but I never found out what for.
He was given an award after he rescued four of his men who were in danger of drowning after being swept out to sea.
I am fortunate to have his WW1 war medals and a few photos - here are some of them. His horse, he called 'Bobby' which is what I am still called by the family as I took my Grandpa's first name. I still have his bible that he carried throughout the war.
Rab. Aye - still here!
My Uncle James went to the front as a Captain in the Irish Guards.
He was a real hero as he won the Military Cross at the 3rd Battle of Ypres. After WW1 he went to live in New York and had a son, my cousin Jim.
When WW2 broke out, Uncle James rejoined the Guards and finished up a Major. Cousin Jim, being a Yank, joined the USAAC and as a Lieutenant flew
Bi7s to bomb Germany. His plane was shot down over Hamburg whilst Jim was dropping bombs there and he had a very bad time as a POW where he lost a hand! Heroes, the lot of them!
Here is Uncle James and cousin Jim.
My Uncle Bill joined the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada and served in Europe in WW2 - AFTER having served in WW1.
Luckily all these brave members of my family, who did their bit, survived. I am sincerely proud of them all.