It was with much interest I found your site on Burnley in the Great War
recently and in particular to see my late grandfathers name appear! Although
he wrote a book about his experience in the war, strangely enough he doesn't
say where he enlisted or returned to after returning. I had a feeling
it was in the north west as he later met his future wife who lived at
Sale near Manchester but it was obviously in Burnley that he enlisted.
The book he wrote (The Vital Year) is fascinating but lacks some details
and raises many questions that I wish I had asked him while he was still
alive. Sadly he passed away 6 weeks before my wedding in 1995 at the age
of nearly 97. I have his original trench map which is still in excellent
condition considering what it has passed through and also a later map
which plots the route that he took when being taken to Germany as a prisoner
of war. I'm not even sure which battle he fought in though he was in,
or near the village of Freniches when he was taken prisoner on the 21st
He left the UK on board for France on La Marguerite from Southampton. Upon his release he came home from Stettin on board HMS Coventry which at that time was 'brand new' and arrived at Hull before being de-mobilised and returning to family on Boxing Day 1918.
During the Second War he was an Air Raid Warden in Bristol and there again saw much devastation through heavy bombing and some witnessed further remarkable events. Later he became a minister and Pastor of a chapel in Bradford-on-Avon before moving to Chippenham in the early 1970's.
(courtesy of his grandson