Proud of uncle's war role

Southend Standard: Respect – Oliver De’Ath at the grave of his great uncle William Bygraves, in Belgium Respect – Oliver De’Ath at the grave of his great uncle William Bygraves, in Belgium

SOUTHEND pupils paid their respects at First World War battlefields.

Two pupils and a teacher from Southend High School for Boys, spent last weekend visiting Ypres, in Belgium, and the Sommes, in Northern France, taking part in the Centenary Battlefields project.

One of the pupils, Oliver De’Ath, discovered during the trip, that his great uncle had died during the war and was buried at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, at Longueval, in Belgium.

Private William Bygraves, of the London Regiment, died on September 16, 1916, and Oliver visited his grave during the trip.

He said: “I thought it was nice to see how your own family has contributed to your country and in his case, with his life.

“I felt really honoured to be sitting next to such a genuine hero and even more honoured to be blood related to him.”

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4:47pm Sun 25 May 14

runwellian says...

So many young lives wasted trying to keep our country free, only to then hand if over to the EU on a plate ... very very sad indeed!
So many young lives wasted trying to keep our country free, only to then hand if over to the EU on a plate ... very very sad indeed! runwellian
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12:46pm Mon 26 May 14

jayman says...

runwellian wrote:
So many young lives wasted trying to keep our country free, only to then hand if over to the EU on a plate ... very very sad indeed!
what? the EU has prevented warfare from erupting again in Europe since its creation. Churchill was one of its greatest supporters. If the financial crisis had happened without the existence of the EU we would be currently involved in bitter conflict again. I suggest you pick up a book on the subject and start reading it..
[quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: So many young lives wasted trying to keep our country free, only to then hand if over to the EU on a plate ... very very sad indeed![/p][/quote]what? the EU has prevented warfare from erupting again in Europe since its creation. Churchill was one of its greatest supporters. If the financial crisis had happened without the existence of the EU we would be currently involved in bitter conflict again. I suggest you pick up a book on the subject and start reading it.. jayman
  • Score: 2

12:50pm Mon 26 May 14

jayman says...

jayman wrote:
runwellian wrote:
So many young lives wasted trying to keep our country free, only to then hand if over to the EU on a plate ... very very sad indeed!
what? the EU has prevented warfare from erupting again in Europe since its creation. Churchill was one of its greatest supporters. If the financial crisis had happened without the existence of the EU we would be currently involved in bitter conflict again. I suggest you pick up a book on the subject and start reading it..
world war one was the catalyst for the rise of the Nazi party. Germany was financially and socially crippled, evil men that gained power made promises, the German people blindly followed out of desperation.

the last bit sounds like the rise of UKIP but in a different set of circumstances.
[quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]runwellian[/bold] wrote: So many young lives wasted trying to keep our country free, only to then hand if over to the EU on a plate ... very very sad indeed![/p][/quote]what? the EU has prevented warfare from erupting again in Europe since its creation. Churchill was one of its greatest supporters. If the financial crisis had happened without the existence of the EU we would be currently involved in bitter conflict again. I suggest you pick up a book on the subject and start reading it..[/p][/quote]world war one was the catalyst for the rise of the Nazi party. Germany was financially and socially crippled, evil men that gained power made promises, the German people blindly followed out of desperation. the last bit sounds like the rise of UKIP but in a different set of circumstances. jayman
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