Who are you remembering?
07 November 2012
We are keeping all those Commonwealth servicemen and women who
died in our thoughts this Remembrance week but who are you
remembering and why?
Throughout the week, we're asking for your personal stories of
remembrance. Whether it's a relative, your neighbour or a complete
stranger - we'd love to hear from you. If you have an interesting
story or just want to share your thoughts with others, you can do
so by simply uploading your stories and pictures to our Facebook page or Twitter (@CWGC)
Our Education Consultant, Caroline Coxon, explains who she will
"Ussher Kilner was my Great-Uncle and an architect. In the First
World War he served with The Artists' Rifles in Salonika. In 1916
he was leading a charge against 'the Bulgars.' He was hit in the
side and died a few days later from his wounds. I remember him
particularly because I'm in proud possession of all our family
letters, including some he wrote from the front - one in particular
asking his sisters not to send over any more blackcurrant jam
because he couldn't see the flies when they landed in it! My
grandmother wrote this to my Great-Aunt Dora, after Ussher was
killed: "On the Saturday night, the day evidently Ussher died, I
had a most vivid vision of him as I was saying my prayers. So vivid
was it I asked Leonard to pray for him, as I was convinced
something was wrong - I was expecting news of him the whole week."
He's buried in Struma Cemetery and it is a long-held ambition of
mine one day to visit his grave to lay flowers there."
Here is another example from our Facebook follower Joanne Dumas
Peterson from Canada.
"Thinking about all those who served, and especially those who
gave their lives, so that we could live in freedom. Special
thoughts of my husband's grandfather who served in WWI and my
father and his two brothers (one who died in the line of duty) who
served in WWII."