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Gwent remembers the First World War

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    Remembrance events being held across Gwent
  • Services will mark 100 years on from Britain's entry into the First World War


Evil Flanker 12:09pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Bless them all, without whom our lives would be very different.

I salute all the brave men that faught for my freedoms, that I prey no-one may take away.

Score: 12
Katie Re-Registered 6:31pm Mon 4 Aug 14

In my house I will be observing the 10.00pm to 11.00pm 'lights out' remembrance tonight. Two of my grandmother's brothers were killed in the first world war:

One with the 1st Monmouthshire regiment at the second battle of Ypres on 8th May 1915. I presume he was literally blown to smithereens, as he has no grave and is, instead, commemorated on the Menin Gate in Ypres.

The second was killed in the battle of the Somme in 1916 - the deadliest day in the history of the British army in which 60,000 British soldiers were killed in one day all for the gain of a few yards of mud.

I would like to think their spirits live on and are watching over us.

Score: 6
Katie Re-Registered 6:34pm Mon 4 Aug 14

It also feels especially poignant because I live in the same house that they were born and brought up in - so the very least I can do is ensure that this house pays respect to their memory tonight.

Score: 6

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