What a wonderful post Lachlan, although quite sad too. Thank you for sharing it with everyone. God bless your Great Uncle and may he rest in peace.
In my research into my family, I have found many cousins albeit several times removed, who fought and died in both wars. My uncle died in WW2. Many others fought and survived, but I found it amazing how greatly just my family was effected by the wars in terms of loss and suffering. Just a drop in the ocean considering the thousands upon thousands of other families who went through the same. I'd like to share some of what I found and what I already knew. You may or may not be interested, but I'd like to post it anyway.
Lance Corporal William Anderson, Born Elgin, Moray.
Service Number 201816, "A" Coy. 4th Bn., Seaforth Highlanders. Died on 21 September 1917 age 31. France & Flanders
Remembered with Honour at Tyne Cot Memorial Panel 132 to 135 and 162A.
Acting Corporal William Anderson, VC. Born 1884, Dallas, Elgin, Moray.
William is standing.
Service number-8191, Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment) 2nd Battalion
Killed in action 13 Mar 1915, battle of Neuve Chappelle.
Rembered with honor at Le Touret Memorial, Panel 12: “Corporal Anderson's name appears on the Le Touret 'Memorial to the Missing' at Pas-de-Calais, some four miles to the north east of Bethune in France. It is carved with those of 234 other members of the Yorkshire Regiment who have no known graves. For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty at Neuve Chapelle on the 15th March I9I5, when he led three men with bombs against a large party of the enemy who had entered our trenches, and by his prompt and determined action saved what might have otherwise become a serious situation. Corporal Anderson first threw his own bombs, then those in possession of his three men (who had been wounded) among the Germans; after which he opened rapid fire upon them with great effect, notwithstanding that he was at the time quite alone.”
Sergeant Henry Nicol, Born 1881, Craigillachie, Banffshire.
Service Number-7133 Queen’s own Cameron Highlanders 5th Batallion
Enlisted in Pretoria
Killed in Action 12/10/1917 Western European Theatre
Remembered with Honor Tyne Cot Memorial Panel 136 to 138
Sergeant David Denoon. Born 1892, Mosstowie, Elgin, Moray.
Service Number-S/40914, Gordon Highlanders 1st, 4th Battallion
Awarded Military Medal for bravery in land battle.
Died 2/6/1919 of pneumonia, Duren, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.
Remembered with Honor at Cologne Southern Cemetery. Grave Reference IX.E. 4
Private David Denoon. Born 1893, Duffus, Elginshire.
Service Number-3685 Seaforth Highlanders 1st, 6th Battlion
Killed in action 13/6/1916, France and Flanders
Remembered with Honor at Maroeuil British Cemetery, Grave Reverence I.H.2
Company Sergeant Major William B Innes. Born 1887, Urquhart, Morayshire.
Service Number-9365, Seaforth Highlanders 1st Battlion. (Ross-shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany’s)
Killed in Action 22/2/1917, Basra, Persian Gulf.
Remembered with Honor at Basra Memorial Panel 37 and 64.
Petty officer William Albert Goodfellow. Born 1890, Plymouth, Devon.
Service Number-233231, Royal Navy, HMS Monmouth.
Remembered with Honor, Plymouth Naval memorial.
Lance Sergeant Leonard Herbert John Goodfellow. Born 1909, West Ealing, Middlesex.
Service Number-2571861, Royal Corps of Signals, 44th Div. Signals.
Died 19/4/1945, Germany, as POW.
Camp Location-Oerbke, Lower Saxony.
Remembered with Honor at Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery.
Grave Reference 11.E.16
Company Sergeant Major William Goodfellow. Born 1887 Edinburgh.
Service Number-350439, 2141 Royal Scots, “D” Coy. 9th Battlion.
Killed in Action 23/4/1917 France.
Remembered with Honor at Level Crossing Cemetery, Fampoux.
Lance Corporal William Goodfellow. Born 1888.
Service Number-11952. Coldstream Guards 2nd Battalion.
Killed in Action 30/11/1917, France.
Remembered with Honor at Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery, Nord, France.
Grave Reference III. A. 16.
Flight Sergeant Ronald Alexander John Anderson. Born 1913, London, England.
Service Number-36139, Battalion 75 (NZ) Bomber Squadron, RAF, Feltwell, Norfolk 3 Group
Killed in Action 21/7/1940, during raid on Horst, near Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
This was the first occasion on which a combination of RNZAF airmen and New Zealander members of the RAF had lost their lives on the same flight.
Wellington IC R3165 - brought down at Weseke, about 40km NNW of the target. All five crew were buried in a communal grave nearby, but later reinterred at Reichswald Forest, 5km SW of Kleve.
Captain: 77026 Fg Off Samuel Miles Mackenzie WATSON, mid, RAFVR - Age 27.
2nd Pilot: 36237 Plt Off Edward Colin Joseph CAMERON, RAF - Age 19.
Acting Wireless Operator: 36139 Flt Sgt Ronald Alexander John ANDERSON, RNZAF - Age 26.
Rear Gunner: A391332 Sgt John Lewis OWEN, RNZAF - Age 24. 46hrs. 7th op.
Wellington IC R3165 was brought down by German ‘Ace’ pilot Siegfried Wandam. Wandam served with several units in NJG1 and with NJG5, achieved 13 confirmed victories and was KIA 3/4 July 1943 in a crash at Hoepertingen on landing at St. Trond airfield due to a combination of combat damage & engine failure on finals.
Remembered with Honor at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Coll. Grave 21. F.1, Auckland Museum Cenotaph, Feltwell Memorial.
A Poem by Ken Moore, Waterlooville. 2.3.80
New Zealand gave a Squadron of Planes
When Britain’s need was dire
Both countries sons made up the crews
And they flew through hell and fire.
To the Pommy lads the Kiwi's made
A gesture that was grand
They gave them honorary citizenship
Of their own beloved land.
Under New Zealand's flag, they proudly flew
Comrades of the air
They lived and died, as side by side
Fate's lot they chose to share.
In Wellingtons, Stirlings, then Lancasters
To the foe, they took the flight
On wings they soared through Europe's skies
In the darkness and the light.
But a heavy price, the Squadron paid
In five long years of strife
Of those who flew with "75"
One in three, laid down their life.
On the East Coast of Old England
The crumbling airfields stand
Where aircraft once left mother earth
Tractors till the land
The era of the Bomber war
Came, paused, then passed away
But the bond between two nations sons
Unchanged, will ever stay
What a fascinating post ! Thanks for sharing - you had quite a few family sacrificed in both wars RIP. I was lucky, I'm only aware of one family member who died in either war.
I also feel fortunate that my two sons have not been involved in the war in Afghanistan, selfish as that sounds. My older son became an American citizen some years back and did enlist in the US Army. His MOS was combat medic so he would have been with the front-line troops at a time when fighting was the fiercest in the Helmand Province. But, while in boot camp doctors discovered he had a rare bone disease which prevented him from continuing on. He was medically discharged, and it broke his heart. I could understand his pain, but I breathed a sigh of relief.
Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
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