My Uncle George was killed on the Ancre on 30 July 1916, fighting with the Black Watch. My Cousin George was killed near Beersheba on 6 November 1917. We were delighted that the family gave us two poppies, one for each. As the picture shows, they are displayed beside their respective memorial plaques (“Dead Man’s Pennies”) and under their swords – the red basket hilt sword having been worn by Uncle George, and the cavalry swords by Cousin George.
On the centenary of my uncle’s death last year, my sister, my wife and I laid a wreath on his grave in Serre Road No 2 Cemetery, and that evening laid a second wreath, at the Menin Gate, where I gave the Call To Remembrance.
On the centenary of my cousin’s death this November, I shall lay a wreath on his grave in the Commonwealth War Graves cemetery in Beersheba.