Category:  Military Photography | Posted: November 12, 2017

A time to remember

Great Uncle Herbert

by Mr Jones

An original newspaper photo, changed into a mixed media work and framed.

This is the tragic story of my ill-fated, Great Uncle. The words are written by my own mother but relates to another picture.

Here is a photo of Herbert with his Fiancé Betty. This was when he was commissioned to 2nd Lieut. The bravest thing I think he did, was to leave Evesham that last time and return to France. He decided against marrying Betty, as he said she would have a better chance to meet someone else as a single woman, rather than his widow. She developed flu the following year and sadly died in 1919.

Nana said she died of a broken heart and didn't want to live without him! Before he left he gave away all his treasured possessions as he knew he would not be coming back. Imagine he had had a bullet wound to his shoulder and had been in Hospital for 5 months, yet when they decided he was better they still sent him back to the front line and certain death. It took a lot of courage to leave his home, family and fiancé and return to that place .

He had served and fought in many battles including Gallipoli and had 2 other brothers but which both came home (Percy who was the youngest was only 16). It must be the only war, where being a young officer was more dangerous than a regular infantryman, as they had to lead their men over the top. Herbert Died at the age of 23.

On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month in 1918, the guns fell silent.

Post Type Mixed Media Photography Mixed Media Major

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